Last updated April 2023

Link to state website


Scott Peyton
Scientific Collections Manager
Phone (601) 354-7303
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39202

Is a state permit required for banding?

The statute does not define the term “scientific collecting.” There seems to be no regulation at this time. The application form does not define or list the activities that require the permit. An inquiry has been submitted to the Scientific Collections Manager.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form
  • Renewal – same form
  • Threatened and Endangered – same form
  • Salvage – same form

State lands

Include a request in your application; the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will handle this request for you.

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.


Mississippi statute: TITLE 49. CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY § 49-1-41. Power to issue permits for scientific or propagation purposes

Endangered species

The avian species listed as endangered under state law are:

Southeastern Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Interior Least Tern (Sternula antillarum athalassos)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Mississippi Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pulla)
Bachman’s Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Ivory Billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)