Michigan

Last updated July 2020

Link to state website

Contact

Casey Reitz
Permit Specialist
MDNR, Wildlife Division
PO BOX 30444
Lansing, MI 48909-3744
Phone (517) 284-6210

Is a state permit required for banding?

Yes. The definitions in the circular issued by the Wildlife Division specify that the permit is required for “collection, possession/handling, transportation, or disposing of wild birds or wild mammals (living or dead or parts thereof). The application form has a specific section for banding.

Permit application forms

A Scientific Collector’s Permit is not required for the possession of carcasses of game animals, or parts thereof, lawfully taken in season under the authority of a hunting or trapping license. Such specimens may be used for research or educational purposes without the need for a Scientific Collector’s Permit.

A Scientific Collector’s Permit is not required for the possession of livestock, domestic birds or mammals, mammals not currently established in the wild in Michigan, and birds not currently established in the wild in North America.

State lands

Use permits generally are required to perform research in state parks and recreation areas when an individual or group wishes to conduct activities in state parks or recreation areas that would ordinarily be considered a violation of park rules and regulations

Application form

Contact:

Alicia Ihnken, Stewardship Analyst (PRD Research Coordinator)
Parks and Recreation Division
Mail: PO Box 30257
Lansing, MI 48909-7757
(submission by e-mail preferred)

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.

Permittees may be required to notify certain Department personnel prior to engaging in authorized activities. For example, permittees authorized in the bird banding category are required to notify the DNR, District Law Enforcement Supervisor for the county in which such activity will take place, prior to engaging in such activity. Also, permittees in the research category who have been authorized to take specimens by shooting, are required to notify the District Law Enforcement Supervisor and the Wildlife Division, Management Unit Supervisor prior to such activity. The narrative of an approved permit will indicate if such notification is required. Policies

(Note: this information is provided in the permit information circular; it is not an official regulation; information not pertinent to birds has been deleted).
Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Division
SCIENTIFIC COLLECTOR’S PERMITS
Information Circular 2192-3, Revised March 2015

This information circular is provided for potential applicants for a State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Scientific Collector’s Permit, form PR 2192-1. Information presented within this circular is authorized by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451, PA of 1994, Part 401 and Orders issued pursuant to that Act. Questions may be directed to: Permit Specialist, DNR, Wildlife Division, PO Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909-7944, 517-373-9329.

Definitions

For the purposes of this information circular, the terms, Scientific Collector’s Permit, or Collector’s Permit, or the word Permit means: A Scientific Collector’s Permit issued by the DNR, Wildlife Division Permit Specialist for the collection, possession/handling, transportation, or disposing of wild birds or wild mammals (living or dead or parts thereof) or the nests or eggs of wild birds, for scientific or educational purposes in the State of Michigan.

For the purposes of this information circular, the word animal(s), the word specimen(s), and the term, wild birds and mammals, means wild birds or wild mammals (living or dead, or parts thereof) defined as game or protected in Michigan.

The following animals are defined as game in Michigan: Brant, Coot, Crow, Duck, Florida Gallinule, Geese, Hungarian Partridge, Pheasant, Quail, Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Snipe, Sora Rail, Wild Turkey, Woodcock, and Virginia Rail.

The following animals are defined as protected in Michigan: all birds not defined as game, except House Sparrows, feral Pigeons, and Starlings.

Take means to hunt with any weapon, dog, raptor, or other wild or domestic animal trained for that purpose; kill; chase; follow; harass; harm; pursue; shoot; rob; trap; capture; or collect animals, or to attempt to engage in such an activity.

Endangered species

Michigan has a state endangered species statute (Michigan Compiled Laws; Natural Resources and Environmental Protect Act 451 of 1994; Part 365).
R 299.1026 Birds.
Rule 6. (1) The following bird species are included on the state list of endangered species:

The following bird species are included on the state list of endangered species:

Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor, now Setophaga discolor)
Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii, now Setophaga kirtlandii)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Migrant Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus migrans)
King Rail (Rallus elegans)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

The following bird species are included on the state list of threatened species:

Long-eared owl (Asio otis)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Yellow rail (Corturnicops noveboracensis)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea, now Setophaga cerulea)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica, now Setophaga dominica)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Common Gallinule (Gallinula Chloropus)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Louisiana Waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla)
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

The following bird species are thought to be extirpated in Michigan, but will be listed automatically as threatened if rediscovered in the state:

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)