The ultimate goal of the Endangered Species Act is the recovery of endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems on which they depend. Recovery permits allow scientists to capture and/or study endangered species. They can also be issued for other activities that aid the recovery of a species, e.g., captive breeding and educational programs.
People sometimes call recovery permits scientific take permits because the most common use for them is to allow scientists to "take" listed species. We call them recovery permits because they are only issued for activities that aid the recovery of the species.
Surveying, H. Mossman, FWS
How to Apply for a Recovery Permit
See the Sacramento Fish & Wildlife Guidelines & Survey Protocols page for information about some of the activities authorized by Recovery Permits.
Pacific Southwest Regional Office recovery page has more information about recovery permits. (The section on permits is part way down the page.)
Visit the regional office's minimum qualifications page to learn the qualifications for various permits.
For other forms, go to the national Forms page.