Last updated April 2023
RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife
Great Swamp Field Headquarters
277 Great Neck Road
West Kingston, RI 02892
401-789-0281 Fax: 401-783-7490
Is a state permit needed for banding?
Yes. Under the regulation, take includes taking possession and capturing.
Permit application forms
- Application Form
- Renewal – same form
- Threatened and Endangered
Apparently no separate permit is needed. Section 4. Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations requires permission to take specimens in the context of archeological research, but there is no analogous requirement for biological specimens or other forms of biological research. Nonetheless, it is always a good idea to contact the park, forest, or management area staff prior to undertaking research, just to be sure that your activities will not interfere with their management activities or with public use and to be aware of the hunting seasons or other hazardous conditions.
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: TITLE 20 Fish and Wildlife CHAPTER 20-1 General Provisions SECTION 20-1-18
Regulations: TITLE 250 – DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT CHAPTER 60 – FISH AND WILDLIFE 250-RICR-60-00-4
Rhode Island state endangered species law
TITLE 20. Fish and Wildlife CHAPTER 20-37 Endangered Species of Animals and Plants
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum)
Northern Parula (Parula americana)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens)
Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)