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State Rehabbers License and Federal Migratory Bird permit


The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations. The migratory bird species protected by the Act are listed in 50 CFR 10.13.  Basically all wild birds, except for English Sparrows, Starlings, and Pigeons, are federally protected, and it's illegal to possess (with the exception of game birds in season with a valid hunting and within bag limits). Violators can face fines of up to $15,000, and jail time.  Taking a Migratory Bird by baiting can result in a $100,000 fine, and a year in jail.

As authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits to qualified applicants for the following types of activities: falconry, raptor propagation, scientific collecting, special purposes (rehabilitation, educational, migratory game bird propagation, and salvage), take of depredating birds, taxidermy, and waterfowl sale and disposal. Migratory bird permit policy is developed by the Division of Migratory Bird Management and the permits themselves are issued by the Regional Bird Permit Offices. The regulations governing migratory bird permits can be found in 50 CFR part 13 (General Permit Procedures)  and 50 CFR part 21 (Migratory Bird Permits) 

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Migratory Bird Treaty Act.