Last updated February 2018
Utah Dept. of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife Resources
Wildlife Registration Office
1594 West North Temple, Suite 2110
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301
Phone: (801) 538-4701
Is a state permit needed for banding?
Yes. The application form expressly includes banding as one activity covered by the permit.
Permit application forms
- Application Form
- Renewal – same form
- Salvage – same form
To be determined. It is always a good practice to contact the manager of the state park, forest, or wildlife management area where you plan to work to be sure your work will not interfere with their management activities or conflict with public use, including hunting.
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.
Utah Administrative Code
R657-3-8. Collection, Importation, and Possession of Threatened and Endangered Species and Migratory Birds.
(1) The following species are prohibited from collection, possession, and importation into Utah without first obtaining a certificate of registration from the division, a federal permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and an entry permit number from the Department of Agriculture and Food if importing:
(a) any species which have been determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be endangered or threatened pursuant to the federal Endangered Species Act, as amended; and
(b) any species of migratory birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
(2) Federal laws and regulations apply to threatened and endangered species and migratory birds in addition to state and local laws.
R657-3-20. Collection, Importation or Possession for Scientific or Educational Use.
A person may collect, import or possess live or dead zoological animals or their parts for a scientific or educational use only as follows:
(1)(a) Certificates of registration are not issued for collecting, importing or possessing live or dead zoological animals classified as prohibited, except as provided in Subsection (b).
(b) The division may issue a certificate of registration to a university, college, governmental agency, bona fide nonprofit institution, or a person involved in wildlife research to collect, import or possess live or dead zoological animals classified as prohibited if, in the opinion of the division, the scientific or educational use is beneficial to wildlife or significantly benefits the general public without material detriment to wildlife.
(2) A person shall obtain a certificate of registration before collecting, importing or possessing live or dead zoological animals or their parts classified as controlled.
(3) A certificate of registration is not required to collect, import or possess live or dead zoological animals classified as noncontrolled.
R657-3-21. Classification and Specific Rules for Birds.
(1) The following birds are classified as noncontrolled for collection, importation and possession:
(a) Penguins, Spheniscidae Family, (All species);
(b) Megapodes (Mound-builders), Megapodiidae Family (All species);
(c) Coturnix quail, Phasianidae Family (Coturnix spp.);
(d) Buttonquails, Turnicidae Family (All species);
(e) Turacos (including Plantain eaters and Go-away-birds), Musophagidae Family (All species);
(f) Pigeons and Doves, Columbidae Family (All species not native to North America);
(g) Parrots, Psittacidae Family (All species not native to North America);
(h) Rollers, Coraciidae Family (All species);
(i) Motmots, Momotidae Family (All species);
(j) Hornbills, Bucerotidae Family (All species);
(k) Barbets, Capitonidae and Rhamphastidae Families (Capitoninae) (All species not native to North America;
(l) Toucans, Ramphastidae and Rhamphastidae Families (Ramphastinae) (All species not native to North America;
(m) Broadbills, Eurylaimidae Family (All species);
(n) Cotingas, Cotingidae Family (All species);
(o) Honeyeaters, Meliphagidae Family (All species);
(p) Leafbirds and Fairy-bluebirds, Irenidae Family (Irena spp., Chloropsis spp., and Aegithina spp.);
(q) Starlings, Sturnidae Family (All species, except European Starling);
(r) Babblers, Timaliidae Family (All species);
(s) White-eyes, Zosteropidae Family (All species);
(t) Sunbirds, Nectariniidae Family (All species);
(u) Sugarbirds, Promeropidae Family (All species)
(v) Weaver finches, Ploceidae Family (All species);
(w) Estrildid finches (Waxbills, Mannikins, and Munias) Estrildidae Family, (Estrildidae) (Estrildinae )(All species); and
(x) Vidua finches (Indigobirds and Whydahs) Viduidae Family, Estrildidae (Viduinae) (All species);
(y) Finches and Canaries, Fringillidae Family (All species not native to North America);
(z) Tanagers (including Swallow-tanager), Thraupidae Family (All species not native to North America); and
(aa) Icterids (Troupials, Blackbirds, Orioles, etc.), Icteridae Family (All species not native to North America, except Central and South American Cowbirds).
(2) The following birds are classified as noncontrolled for collection and possession, and controlled for importation:
(a) European Starling, Sturnidae Family (Sturnus vulgaris); and
(b) House (English) Sparrow, Passeridae Family (Passer domesticus).
(3) The following birds are classified as prohibited for collection and importation, and controlled for possession:
(a) Icteridae (Molothrus spp. and Scaphidura oryzivora).
(4) The following birds are classified as prohibited for collection, importation and possession:
(a) Ocellated turkey, Phasianidae Family, (Meleagris ocellata).
(5) All species and subspecies of birds and their parts, including feathers, not listed in Subsection (1) through Subsection (4):
(a) and not listed in Appendix I or II of CITES are classified as prohibited for collection and controlled for importation and possession;
(b) and listed in Appendix I of CITES are classified as prohibited for collection and importation and controlled for possession;
(c) and listed in Appendix II of CITES are classified as prohibited for collection and controlled for importation and possession.
Utah state endangered species law
Utah apparently has no state endangered species law and therefore, no state-listed endangered species.
However, the following bird species are wildlife species of concern in Utah:
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Black Swift (Cypseloides niger)
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus)
Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus)
Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)