South Carolina

Last updated July 2020

Contacts

For land birds:
Amy Tegeler
SCDNR – Bird Conservation Coordinator

For sea and shore birds:
Felicia Sanders
SCDNR – Sea and Shorebird Project Leader

For wading birds:
Christy Hand
SCDNR – Wading Bird Biologist

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. See definition of ‘take’ in 50-11-1180.
SECTION 50-11-1180. Authority of department to issue permits to collect protected wildlife for scientific or propagating purposes; penalties.

For purposes of this section:

(a) “Take” means to harass, hunt, capture, or kill.

b) “Protected wildlife” means any wildlife, part, product, egg, offspring nest, dead body, or part thereof which is managed or protected or the taking of which is specifically regulated by the department.

Permit application forms

State lands

Indicate on application form

Prior notice

On every permit: This permit does not authorize collection on any property, public or private, without the consent of the owner or custodian thereof. This permit, neither directly nor by implication, grants the right of trespass.  Permittee must carry a legible copy of permit when engaging in the authorized activities. A report on the activities conducted under this permit must be submitted to SCDNR following the expiration of this permit, and before another permit will be issued.

Policies

South Carolina Code of Regulations
Chapter 123. Department of Natural Resources
ARTICLE 5.
NON-GAME AND ENDANGERED SPECIES

123-150.3. Scientific Collecting Permit Required.

That a scientific collecting permit under the terms of Section 50-11-2190, 1976 Code of Laws, shall be required for the collecting of all nongame species or subspecies of the Classes Pices (Fish), Amphibia (Amphibians), Reptilia (Reptiles), Aves (Birds) and Mammalia (Mammals).

123-160. Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles, Ospreys, Falcons, and Owls.

1. The following list of species or subspecies of nongame wildlife are in need of management, to wit: All species of the Order Falconiformes (vultures, kites, hawks, eagles, ospreys, falcons) and all species of the Order Strigifornes (owls).
2. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, process, sell or offer for sale or ship, and for any contract carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any such species or products or parts thereof except by permit for scientific, educational or falconry purposes issued by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department.
3. The penalty for the violation of this section shall be that prescribed by Section 50-15-80 of the 1976 Code.

South Carolina state endangered species law

South Carolina Code of Regulations
Chapter 123. Department of Natural Resources
Article 5. Non-game and Endangered species

Section123-150.2 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, process, sell, or offer for sale or ship, and for any common carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any species or subspecies of wildlife appearing on the list of “Endangered Wildlife Species of South Carolina”, except by permit for scientific and conservation purposes issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

State-listed endangered bird species.

Bachman’s Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)
Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

State-listed threatened bird species

American Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines anatum)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) [sic]
Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)
Least Tern (Sterna albifrons)
Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)