All info has been updated as of November 2017
DEP, Wildlife Division
79 Elm St.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 424-3963
Is a state permit required for banding?
The permit application specifically includes handling and marking.
Permit application forms
- Application Form
- Renewal – use same form
- Threatened and Endangered – use same form
- Salvage – use same form
Note: the application form requires that the applicant provide a copy of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol approval “when applicable.” Under the Animal Welfare Act, a research facility (which includes schools, institutions, organizations, and individuals that use or intends to use live animals in research, tests, or experiments, and receives funds under a grant, award, loan, or contract from a department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States for the purpose of carrying out research, tests, or experiments) must register with APHIS and appoint an IACUC. The trigger, therefore, is federal funding for the purpose of conducting research. For more information about the applicability and requirements of the Animal Welfare Act and the Health Research Extension Act, see the Ornithological Council Model Wildlife Protocol.
Please contact the Ornithological Council if you need assistance determining if your research is subject to the Animal Welfare Act or Health Research Extension Act and therefore requires IACUC approval of your protocol.
Additional permits are needed to conduct research on state owned lands (ex Park lands). The Department of Environmental Protection can generally circulate the request and issue one joint permit to cover all aspects of the request at once.
The Department of Environmental Protection asks that the researcher contact the unit manager to alert them of their potential schedule to avoid conflicts.
General Statutes of Connecticut
Title 26 Fisheries and Game
Chapter 490 Fisheries and Game
Section 60 Permits to collect certain wildlife for scientific and educational purposes. Fee.
The commissioner may grant to any properly accredited person not less than eighteen years of age, upon written application, a permit to collect fish, crustaceans and wildlife and their nests and eggs, for scientific and educational purposes only, and not for sale or exchange or shipment from or removal from the state without the consent of the commissioner. The commissioner may determine the number and species of such fish, crustaceans and wildlife and their nests and eggs which may be taken and the area and method of collection of such fish, crustaceans and wildlife under any permit in any year. The permit shall be issued for a term established by the commissioner in accordance with federal regulations and shall not be transferable. The commissioner shall charge an annual fee of twenty dollars for such permit. Each person receiving a permit under the provisions of this section shall report to the commissioner on blanks furnished by the commissioner, at or before the expiration of such permit, the detailed results of the collections made thereunder. Any person violating the provisions of this chapter or of the permit held by him shall be subject to the penalties provided in section 26-64, and, upon conviction of such violation, the permit so held by him shall become void.
(No pertinent regulations)
State endangered species
Connecticut has a state endangered species statute (26 Connecticut General Statutes, Chapter 495).
By regulation, the following bird species are listed as endangered in Connecticut:
Note: these lists change over time. Be sure to check with the state agency.
The following bird species are determined to be endangered:
|Sharp-shinned Hawk||Accipiter striatus|
|Grasshopper Sparrow||Ammodramus savannarum|
|Long-eared Owl||Asio otus|
|Upland Sandpiper||Bartramia longicauda|
|American Bittern||Botaurus lentiginosus|
|Common Nighthawk||Chordeiles minor|
|Horned Lark||Eremophila alpestris|
|Common Moorhen||Gallinula chloropus|
|Yellow-breasted Chat||Icteria virens|
|Red-headed Woodpecker||Melanerpes erythrocephalus|
|Pied-billed Grebe||Podilymbus podiceps|
|Vesper Sparrow||Pooecetes gramineus|
|King Rail||Rallus elegans|
|(nesting population only)|
|Roseate Tern||Sterna dougallii|
|Barn Owl||Tyto alba|
|Golden-winged Warbler||Vermivora chrysoptera|
The following bird species are determined to be threatened:
|Northern Goshawk||Accipiter gentilis|
|Seaside Sparrow||Ammodramus maritimus|
|Great Egret||Ardea alba|
|Short-eared Owl (wintering populations)||Asio flammeus|
|Piping Plover||Charadrius melodus|
|Snowy Egret||Egretta thula|
|Peregrine Falcon||Falco peregrinus|
|American Oystercatcher||Haematopus palliatus|
|Bald Eagle||Haliaeetus leucocephalus|
|Least Bittern||Ixobrychus exilis|
|Eastern Meadowlark||Sturnella magna|
The following bird species are determined to be species of special concern:
|Northern Saw-whet Owl||Aegolius acadicus|
|Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow||Ammodramus caudacutus|
|Henslow’s Sparrow||*Ammodramus henslowii|
|Broad-winged Hawk||Buteo platypterus|
|Little Blue Heron||Egretta caerulea|
|Alder Flycatcher||Empidonax alnorum|
|American Kestrel||Falco sparverius|
|Common Loon||Gavia immer|
|Eskimo Curlew||*Numenius borealis|
|Yellow-crowned Night-heron||Nyctanassa violacea|
|Savannah Sparrow||Passerculus sandwichensis|
|Ipswich Sparrow||Passerculus sandwichensis ssp. princeps|
|Glossy Ibis||Plegadis falcinellus|
|Purple Martin||Progne subis|
|Northern Parula||Setophaga americana|
|Cerulean Warbler||Setophaga cerulea|
|Common Tern||Sterna hirundo|
|Brown Thrasher||Toxostoma rufum|