A Federal Rehabilitation Permit authorizes possession of sick, injured, and orphaned migratory birds for rehabilitation purposes. Almost all birds are federally protected and require a rehabilitation permit to provide care.
Duration: 5 years
Application Form: 3-200-10b
Annual Report Form: 3-202-4
Acquisition/Disposition Form: 3-202-12
Regulation: 50 CFR §21.31
Reporting: Yearly (Jan. 31)
Licensed Veterinarians may temporarily possess, stabilize, and euthanize sick and injured birds. Birds must be transferred to a permitted rehabilitator within 24 hours of stabilization to heal and condition for release. Please see 50 CFR § 21.12(c) for reporting and additional requirements.
The General Public may possess sick, injured, and orphaned migratory birds up to 24 hours to transfer them to a permitted rehabilitator or licensed veterinarian. Please contact the rehabilitator or veterinarian PRIOR to picking up the bird!
Please contact our office at PermitsR1MB@fws.gov or 503-872-2715 if you have questions about permits.