In the U.S., authorization to capture and mark waterfowl is generally granted only to state or federal conservation agency employees or their assistants. Certain exceptions, such as graduate students or university faculty engaged in waterfowl research, can be made. Permits issued to other persons are worded to exclude authorization to capture or mark waterfowl.
The special waterfowl authorization is intended to prevent banders from trapping specifically for waterfowl, or pursuing and harassing nesting waterfowl or broods. It should not be interpreted so stringently as to prevent the banding of waterfowl captured incidentally to other banding operations.
Authorization to Capture or Mark Eagles
Authorization to capture and mark eagles is granted only to persons engaged in research dealing with these species. Each person requesting authorization to capture and mark eagles will be requested to provide a detailed outline of the research project, including sponsoring organization, need, objective, procedures, and cooperators.
The Bird Banding Laboratory provides the appropriate regional director with copies of pertinent correspondence, and will invite the director's comments prior to granting authorization to capture and mark eagles.
Banding permits ordinarily exclude authorization to trap or band eagles in order to discourage banding of nestlings or harassment of flying birds. This exclusion should not be interpreted so stringently as to preclude the banding of eagles captured incidentally to other banding, or, upon release, eagles that are otherwise legally held.
Authorization to Capture or Mark Hummingbirds
Authorization to capture, band and mark Hummingbirds requires special authorization from the Bird Banding Laboratory. The creation of finished hummingbird bands and the handling and banding of hummingbirds require different skills than banding other species. To receive this authorization, a bander must complete a hummingbird banding training course conducted by an experienced hummingbird bander. Hummingbird bands are only issued to permits with hummingbird banding authorizations. No incidental banding of hummingbirds is allowed.
Authorization to Capture or Mark Endangered Species
Authorization to capture or mark species designated as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior will be granted only to persons engaged in research dealing with those species. Persons who need authorization to capture or mark endangered/threatened species should request an application form from the appropriate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office(leaving this site). BBL authorization to band and/or mark a listed species will be considered only after the applicant has provided a copy of a valid Endangered Species permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
If you band in a place where you are likely to catch endangered/threatened species you should obtain an endangered species permit. The banding of listed species that are incidentally captured during other banding operations is not allowed at this time.
In addition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species permit, banders must apply to the Bird Banding Laboratory for a modification of the Bird Marking and Salvage Permit to include the endangered species in question. They will need to demonstrate experience in capture, banding and/or marking techniques to justify issuing the requested authorizations.
Endangered Species--List, USA (leaving site going to USFWS)