General info

Last updated May 2023


Manager, Special Licensing Unit
Colorado Division of Wildlife
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216-1000
Phone: (303) 291-7143
Fax: (303) 346-4541

Is a state permit required for banding?

Yes. Two separate permits are available: Mammalian & Avian Scientific Collecting and Bird Banding Scientific Collecting.

Permit application forms

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

Yes. As per regulation, below:

  1. The Licensee shall notify the local District Wildlife Manager(s) of his anticipated activity in the area(s) he intends to collect specimens prior to any collecting or banding.


Current Regulations

Endangered species

These lists change over time. Be sure to check with the state agency for current listings and status.

Colorado has a state endangered species statute.

The state-listed bird species designated as endangered are:

Least Tern (Sterna antillarum)
Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus James)
​Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (​Empidonax traillii extimus)
Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

The state-listed bird species designated as threatened are:

Burrowing Owl (​Athene cunicularia)
Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)
Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis lucida)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus circumcinctus)

Colorado has also designated several bird species as “special concern”:

American Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse (​Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus)
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Greater Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis tabida)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (​Centrocercus minimus)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)
Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)