Bird Banding

Bird banding is used to study the movement, survival and behavior of birds.

  • Permits

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.  Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law.  Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife.  Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Mirgratory Birds. For additional information about the Alabama Beach Mouse and permits visit US FWS Ecological Services Daphne Field Office

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge SystemWeb site for Special Use Permits

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Passes

    A series of passes covers the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including national wildlife refuges. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge issues Senior and Access Passes at the refuge Visitor Center Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is closed on all federal holidays.

    Existing Golden Eagle Passports and National Parks Passes with an expiration date will be honored until they expire. Paper versions of the Golden Age or Golden Access Passports should be exchanged for the new Senior or Access passes. However, plastic Golden Age or Access passes are valid for the pass holder's lifetime and do not need to be exchanged.

    The Senior and Access passes are good for the lifetime of the holder and make available (to the pass holder only) 50 percent discounts on some expanded amenity fees.

    For the first time, hangtags are available for those who anticipate parking vehicles at unmanned facilities.

    Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more information about passes.