Last updated Jan 2018


Vermont Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


John Kart
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Phone 802-654-8985
Mail address: VSAC 103 South Main St., 10 So., Waterbury VT 05671
Office address: VSAC 2nd floor, 10 East Allen St., Winooski, VT 05404

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. Per the regulatory definition, “(23) Take and taking: pursuing, shooting, hunting, killing, capturing, trapping, snaring, and netting fish, birds, and quadrupeds and all lesser acts, such as disturbing, harrying or worrying, or wounding or placing, setting, drawing, or using any net or other device commonly used to take fish or wild animals, whether they result in the taking or not; and shall include every attempt to take and every act of assistance to every other person in taking or attempting to take fish or wild animals, provided that when taking is allowed by law, reference is had to taking by lawful means and in lawful manner.” Vermont Statutes Annotated. Title 10. Conservation and Development. Chapter 101. Definitions.

Permit application forms

State lands

Landowner permission is required prior to commencement of collecting activities; this includes state lands. A special use permit is required for any collection activity on lands owned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Forests Parks & Recreation Department, and Department of Environmental Conservation. If you have any questions about whether or not a permit is needed for an activity you are planning on Agency of Natural Resources lands, you may contact the District Office in your region of the state.

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.

Statutes and Regulations

Vermont Statutes Annotated
Title 10: Conservation and Development
Chapter 103: Fish and Wildlife Department

4152. Permits for scientific and educational collections

(a) The Commissioner may issue permits to a properly accredited person or educational institution permitting the holder thereof to collect birds, their nests and eggs, and fish and wild animals or parts thereof, for public scientific research or educational purposes of the institution.

Vermont state endangered species law

Regulation: Code of Vermont Rules. Agency 12. Agency of Natural Resources.

Subagency 10: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Section 4.0  Permits for Taking and Possession.
  • 4.1  No person shall take or possess an endangered or threatened species, except when exempted as provided for in 10 V.S.A. §5408.
  • 4.2  Pursuant to 10 V.S.A. §5408(a) the Secretary may, after receiving the advice of the Endangered Species Committee, grant permits for the taking and possession of an endangered or threatened species: for scientific purposes; to enhance the propagation of species; to prevent or mitigate economic hardship; for zoological exhibition; for educational purposes; for noncommercial cultural or ceremonial purposes to a person for the collection and possession of a dead salvage bird or parts thereof, including bird feathers, provided that the permit issued complies with federal requirements regarding collection and possession of migratory birds and the bird was legally acquired, transferred from an individual who acquired it legally, or found dead and the permittee had no part in the intentional killing of the bird; or for a special purpose consistent with the purpose of the Federal Endangered Species Act ( see 16 U.S.C. §1531(b)).
  • 4.3  An applicant for a Taking and Possession permit shall submit an administratively complete application to the Secretary, specifying for which purpose(s) the permit is required, as listed in 10 V.S.A. §5408(a).
  • 4.4  An administratively complete application shall include all information deemed necessary by the Secretary to evaluate the application. An application shall include a description of the possible impacts due to the proposed action, and a plan for conservation or mitigation. The fee or mitigation proposal as required by 10 V.S.A ch. 123 shall accompany the application.
  • 4.5  Avoidance and Minimization.
  • a. Applicants for Taking and Possession permits shall have the burden to show that reasonable steps have been taken in order to avoid and minimize takings. The Applicant must provide information that demonstrates:
    • i.  The proposed activity cannot practicably be designed to avoid taking and still satisfy the basic project purpose; and
    • ii.  If avoidance of taking of a listed species cannot practicably be achieved, the proposed activity has been planned to minimize adverse impacts on the listed species.a.  Applicants for Taking and Possession permits shall have the burden to show that reasonable steps have been taken in order to avoid and minimize takings. The Applicant must provide information that demonstrates:
  • b.  The Secretary may require an applicant to submit additional information that the Secretary considers necessary to make a decision on the issuance or denial of a permit. The Secretary may dismiss the application without prejudice if the requested information is not provided to the Secretary within sixty (60) days of the Secretary’s request.4.5  Avoidance and Minimization
  • c.  In determining whether the burden has been met, the Secretary shall evaluate the potential effect of any proposed activity on the basis of both its direct and immediate effects, as well as on the basis of any cumulative or on-going effects on the listed species.

Vermont Endangered and Threatened Species

Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

Red Knot (Calidris canutus) T
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) T
Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) T