It’s that time of year again… Annual Reports of activity for Federal Rehabilitation, Special Purpose Possession and Eagle Exhibition permit are due to your Regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Permit Issuing Office postmarked on/by Thursday, January 31, 2019. If your permit expires March 31, 2019, you may receive an annual report form and renewal letter via regular mail from now through the end of December.
Annual Report Forms are fillable online but still require an original signature and to be submitted via mail to your migratory bird permit issuing office unless your region allows electronic submission through email. Here’s what Regions accept information via email:
- Regions 1 (Pacific) and 8 (Pacific Southwest) accept emailed Annual Reports, Renewals and Applications
- Regions 2 (Southwest), 3 (Midwest) and 5 (Northeast) accept emailed Annual Reports
- Regions 4 (Southeast), 6 (Mountain-Prairie) and 7 (Alaska) do not accept emailed versions of annual reports, renewals or applications
Information for Renewals and about Live Bird Possession.
Any permits that authorize possession of live migratory birds and eagles are renewed based on your facilities for specific numbers and specific species only, and you are not authorized to possess any live birds for educational or other activities other than those listed on your permit.
Updated photographs/diagrams of enclosures for housing migratory birds and eagles for display and for rehabilitation purposes, as well as updated information about the individual responsible for the daily care of these migratory birds/eagles, is also required as part of your permit renewal procedure, unless you have submitted this facility information within the past 3-5 years (3 years for Possession/Eagle Exhibition permits; 5 years for Rehabilitation permits).
Transfer Form Information.
Instructions for adding/deleting a live bird for Possession or Eagle Exhibition permits are listed on the chart on page 2 on the Migratory Bird Special Purpose Possession (Education) Permit Acquisition & Transfer Request Form 3-202-12, found directly at https://www.fws.gov/forms/3-202-12.pdf. Please remember that rehabilitators are required to complete this form if they are requesting to transfer a non-releasable migratory bird to an exempt facility or to a Special Purpose Possession permittee for educational purposes, but this form is not required if the bird is being transferred to another federally permitted rehabilitator for continued rehabilitation.
Transfer Form and Annual Report Copies.
If you need an extra annual report form copy or if your report form arrives damaged, please look for annual report forms listed under their respective federal permit names in the “REPORT FORMS” section at https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/permits/need-a-permit.php
The most common Annual Report types include:
Rehabilitation Form 3-202-4
Special Purpose Possession Live/Dead Form 3-202-5
Eagle Exhibition Form 3-202-13
Do you have permit questions or need an address or email for mailing your report? To contact any Regional Migratory Bird Permit Issuing Office, visit https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/permits/regional-permit-contacts.php
Miscellaneous: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Applications and Website Revised!
- Visit the main Migratory Bird website https://www.fws.gov/birds/index.php for many resources for bird enthusiasts, surveys & data, management, grants, education, get involved and policies & regulations (this last section is where permits, laws, regulations, policies, administrative orders, and federal register notices are all found).
- New revised permit application forms are available online! https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/permits/need-a-permit.php
- Frequently Asked Questions for many permit types are now at https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/permits/FAQ.php and are also featured as a link on the top of the permit application.
- Wondering what exactly is a “migratory bird”? Find an alphabetical complete list of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act at https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/migratory-bird-treaty-act-protected-species.php . Please note that hyphenated species such as “Screech-owl” have their own line entry and are not listed under “Owls”.
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Migratory Bird Program