Migratory Birds
Midwest Region
Bald Eagle Banding. USFWS photo.

Bald Eagle Banding. USFWS photo.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to the conservation and management of migratory birds. We are afforded this responsibility under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which is a federal law that protects migratory birds and their nests from being killed or otherwise disturbed except as authorized under a federal permit. This is for the protection and conservation of more than 1,000 migratory bird species.

There are instances where birds or their nests may negatively impact health, human safety, or where removal or disturbance is otherwise unavoidable in the construction of a road, development of renewable energy facilities or other lawful activities that may disturb or result in injury or mortality.

Birds may also be collected for scientific or educational purposes. Native American may also request permits for eagles and eagle parts for cultural and religious purposes through The National Eagle Repository

Permits can be issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Birds Permits Office in these circumstances to ensure migratory birds remain at sustainable levels.

For permit application information click Bird Permits

For more information on permits specifically related to eagles, click Eagle Permits





Last updated: September 25, 2018