North Carolina

Last updated April 2023

Link to state website


North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Customer Service Section
1707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1700

Phone: 1-888-248-6834 or  919 707- 0391

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. Although neither the statute nor the regulation defines “collection” but the regulation specifically includes manner of take and the application form includes bird banding.

Permit application forms

State lands

Included on the application form.

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.


Statute: North Carolina General Statutes. Chapter 113. Conservation and Development.

Regulation: North Carolina Administrative Code 15A NCAC 10B .0119 WILDLIFE COLLECTORS

North Carolina state endangered species law

Regulation: North Carolina Administrative Code. Title 15A. Environmental Quality.
Subchapter 101. Threatened and Endangered Species. 15A NCAC 10I .0102 PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED/THREATENED/SPECIAL CONCERN


American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum)
Bewick’s wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)
Kirtland’s warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
Piping plover (Charadrius melodus circumcinctus)
Red cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii dougallii)
Wood stork (Mycteria americana)


Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica aranea)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

Species of special concern

American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
Bachman’s sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis)
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis)
Black skimmer (Rynchops niger)
Brown creeper (Certhia americana nigrescens)
Cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea)
Common tern (Sterna hirundo)
Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)
Henslow’s sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)
Least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Least tern (Sterna antillarum)
Little blue heron (Egretta caerulea)
Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Olive-sided flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
Painted bunting (Passerina ciris)
Red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
Vesper sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Wilson’s plover (Charadrius wilsonia)
Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius appalachiensis)