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A Federal Salvage Permit allows dead migratory birds, bird parts (such as feathers), abandoned nests, and nonviable eggs to be taken from the wild for conservation education purposes. The purpose of this permit is to allow legal acquisition of wild specimens to be donated to educational facilities, such as museums, schools, and visitor’s centers.

Permit Details

Fee: $75.00

Duration: 3 years

Application Form: 3-200-10a

Reporting: Annual (Jan. 31)

Annual Report Form: 3-202-3

Regulation: 50 CFR 21:27

Please Note:

  • Utilities: If you are salvaging birds associated with utility, tower, or other infrastructure, a Utility permit is more appropriate.

  • Scientists: If you are salvaging as part of a scientific research design, a Scientific Collecting permit is more appropriate.

  • Educators: If you are salvaging to expand your educational collection, this authorization can be added to an Education permit.

  • Exempt Institutions: if you are exempt from needing an Education permit but wish to acquire specimens, you may apply for a Salvage permit.

Please contact our office at  or 503-872-2715 if you have questions about permits.

Last Updated: September 27, 2016
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