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Species collection and research permits and licenses

The department issues permits, authorizations and licenses for research, education and other activities that involve rare, nongame and game species and habitats. Each has its own application, requirements and procedures. Additional permits may be required by DNR programs or other agencies depending on the nature of the project or activity.

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Wisconsin Nongame and Species Habitat Permits

Endangered and threatened species permit

Wisconsin's endangered species law allows the department to authorize the taking, exportation, transportation or possession of listed plant or animal species via an Endangered and Threatened Species Permit if the activity is for zoological, educational or scientific purposes, or for propagation in captivity for preservation purposes.

Application

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Annual report

Expiring Permits

If you have any questions regarding your Endangered and Threatened Species Permit, permit application or annual report, please contact:

NHC E/T Permit Coordinator
Program specialist
Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
608-261-6449

Falconry

Falconry permits authorize qualified individuals to practice falconry in Wisconsin.

To help provide you with better service, please read the information in the application procedures before contacting the permit coordinator with any remaining questions.

Application procedures for Wisconsin residents

After you are thoroughly acquainted with the sport and are familiar with Wisconsin’s falconry regulations, Chapter NR 18, Wis. Adm. Code, you are ready to apply for the required permit.

Application for non-residents

Permit for non-Wisconsin resident falconers to trap wild birds in Wisconsin for falconry.

For more assistance and application submission, please contact:
Stacy Rowe
Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
608-228-9796

State Natural Areas

A permit is required for collecting and scientific research on State Natural Areas.

Application and permit for State Natural Areas

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For more assistance, please contact:
Thomas Meyer
State Natural Areas program
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707
608-266-0394

Scientific collectors permit and research license

A Scientific Collectors Permit (SCP) authorizes the collection or salvage from the wild, live fish and the nests and carcasses or parts of carcasses of any wild animals specified in the permit subject to the conditions and limitations specified in the permit and rules of the department. A Scientific Research License (SRL) authorizes the holder to take from the wild, possess, kill or propagate the species of all live native wild animals that the department authorizes under the license. Both the SCP and SRL apply strictly to activities for education, study or research to increase knowledge. The SCP and SRL are NOT applicable to state or federally [exit DNR] listed threatened or endangered species.

To help us provide you with better service, please read the information in these forms before contacting the permit coordinator with any remaining questions.

For fish-related SCP submittals and questions please contact:
Joe Bevington
101 S Webster St
Madison, WI 53703
608-264-9257

For all other SCP and SRL submittals, questions or SRL fee payments, please contact:
NHC SCP/SRL Permit Coordinator
Program specialist
Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
608-261-6449

Note: Signed items may be scanned and submitted by email. A fee is required for SRL applications. Checks should have the applicant's name, be payable to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and mailed to the address directly above. An SRL cannot be issued until payment is received.

Seed collecting permit

Seed collecting permit and application for DNR lands (1700-039)
This application allows an individual to apply for a permit to collect seed from the prairie and other natural communities on DNR land. Please read the DNR seed collecting guidelines [PDF] before printing and submitting your application.

For more assistance and application submission, please contact:
Thomas Meyer
Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
608-266-0394

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