General info

Last updated July 2020


Laurie Fortin
Wildlife Biologist
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
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.

State lands

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.

Prior notice

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).

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
Northern Harrier

Sedge Wren

Circus cyaneus

Cistothorus platensis

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
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
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
(wintering population)
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Purple Martin Progne subis
Northern Parula Setophaga americana
Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum