New Jersey

Last updated April 2023

Link to state website for game and non-game species



Krista Laws
Assistant Biologist
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
1 Eldridge Rd.
Robbinsville, NJ 08691


Katherine Szostak
Assistant Biologist
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
PO Box 420, Mail Code 501-03
Trenton, NJ 08625

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. The regulation does not define the term “scientific collecting” but the State of New Jersey does, in fact, require NJ scientific collecting permits for bird banding/marking.

Permit application forms


Wildlife included (but not limited to) under Scientific Collecting or Salvage Permits for Game:
Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus)
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)


State lands

Indicate on application form.

Prior notice

Yes. The permit application states: “It is your responsibility to obtain prior written permission from the land owner/owners or managing governmental agencies; to notify them of your intended activities and obtain permission from the property owner(s)/manager(s) to be on-site.”

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.


New Jersey Administrative Code Title 7. Environmental Protection.
Chapter 25 Division of Fish and Wildlife Rules 7:25-4.2

New Jersey state endangered species law

The New Jersey state endangered species law (N.J. Statutes Title 23 Fish and Game, Wild Birds and Animals) does not mention permits but it delegates regulatory authority to the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection; that regulation (above) authorizes permits for scientific collection of endangered species for research purposes.

Endangered Threatened
Bittern, American BR Botaurus lentiginosos BR Bobolink BR Dolichonyx oryzivorus BR
Eagle, bald BR Haliaeetus leucocephalus BR Eagle, bald NB Haliaeetus leucocephalus NB
Falcon, peregrine BR Falco peregrinus BR Egret, cattle BR Bubulcus ibis BR
Goshawk, northern BR Accipiter gentilis BR Kestrel, American Falco sparverius
Grebe, pied-billed BR Podilymbus podiceps BR Lark, horned BR Eremophila alpestris BR
Harrier, northern BR Circus cyaneus BR Night-heron, black-crowned BR Nycticorax nycticorax BR
Hawk, red-shouldered BR Buteo lineatus BR Night-heron, yellow-crowned Nyctanassa violacea
Knot, red NB Calidris canutus NB Osprey BR Pandion haliaetus BR
Owl, short-eared BR Asio flammeus BR Owl, barred Strix varia
Plover, piping** Charadrius melodus** Owl, long-eared Asio otus
Rail, black BR Laterallus jamaicensis BR Rail, black NB Laterallus jamaicensis NB
Sandpiper, upland Batramia longicauda Sparrow, grasshopper BR Ammodramus savannarum BR
Shrike, loggerhead NB Lanius ludovicianus NB Sparrow, Savannah BR Passerculus sandwichensis BR
Skimmer, black Rynchops niger Woodpecker, red-headed Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Sparrow, Henslow’s Ammodramus henslowii
Sparrow, vesper BR Pooecetes gramineus BR
Tern, least Sternula antillarum
Tern, roseate** Sterna dougallii**
Warbler, golden-winged BR Vermivora chrysoptera BR
Wren, sedge Cistothorus platensis
**Federally endangered or threatened
BR – Breeding population only; NB – non-breeding population only