Our mission to conserve migratory birds and their habitats includes the administration of permits as a tool in conserving bird populations, as well as providing guidance on ways to reduce impacts to bird species. Our Migratory Bird Permit Program Library hosts policy documents, NEPA evaluations, best management practices, conservation plans, and other useful resources.


Golden eagle upper body seen from behind with eagle head turned to the right looking at the camera
The purpose of the Migratory Bird Permit Memorandum (MBPM) series is to clarify regulations and other existing migratory bird permit policy to ensure internally consistent implementation of the migratory bird permit program.
Bald eagle and golden eagle
Information about bald eagle and golden eagle biology, behaviors, and populations. Guidance and tools for conserving, managing, and monitoring eagles. Information on the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and it's regulations, as well as information on permits for eagle take, possession, and...
A winter scene where waterfowl fly over a managed wetland
Documents associated with national migratory bird plans and conservation, such as the Birds of Conservation Concern Report, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Shorebird Plan, and Partners in Flight.
Masked boobies sit on a dilapidated dock with Johnston Island sitting in the background.
Migratory birds face numerous threats throughout their annual cycles from human-caused sources. The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service is working with governments, conservation organizations, industry, and the public to reduce threats across the North American landscape to preserve our birds for...
Smal flock of white and grey shorebirds in the water. Photo appears to be taken from a distance
To better protect migratory bird populations and provide more certainty for the regulated public, the Service seeks to address human-caused mortality by providing information on beneficial practices to avoid and minimize the incidental injury and killing of migratory birds. The U.S. Fish and...