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The purpose of Migratory Bird Permits is to promote long-term conservation of migratory birds and their habitats and encourage joint stewardship with others.

What We Do

Our Services

Human demands on migratory birds leave them vulnerable. Permits enable the public to engage in specific activities consistent with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act while providing a means to balance use and conservation. Permits also allow us to build partnerships and monitor activities to determine how they affect migratory bird populations.

As authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits to qualified applicants for activities such as falconry, raptor propagation, scientific collecting, special purposes (rehabilitation, educational, migratory game bird propagation, and salvage), take of depredating birds, taxidermy, and waterfowl sale and disposal.

The regulations governing migratory bird and eagle permits can be found in 50 CFR part 13, 50 CFR part 21 (Migratory Bird Permits), and 50 CFR part 22 (Eagle Permits):

50 CFR 10 General Provisions

50 CFR 13 General Permit Procedures

Importation, Exportation, and Transportation of Wildlife

50 CFR 21 Migratory Bird Permits

50 CFR 22 Eagle Permits

Our Laws and Regulations

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act guide what we do.

Information about the status of revisions to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act can be found below:

Updates on MBTA Revisions

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Our Services

The Migratory Bird Permit Office administers over 20 permit types (and over 16,000 permits annually) across the country. Check out Our Services for more information about our program.

Our Library

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.

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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...
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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...