Master Permit - Personal - USA
This is the most commonly issued master permit. A master permittee is authorized to conduct banding operations independently within the limitations specified on the permit. The data are submitted directly to the Bird Banding Laboratory, where they are entered into the files under the bander's permit number. Reports of all band encounters are forwarded to the bander. This type of permit is issued to qualified persons whose bird-marking activities are part of their personal research.
Master Permittees may request applications for subpermittees if they require assistants to work independently (out of direct supervision).
A holder of a master-personal permit must:
- be at least 21 years of age,
- provide the names of three active banders or recognized ornithologists who are able and willing to vouch for the applicant's ornithological, mist-netting, and record-keeping ability, and
- provide a well-developed study plan showing a valid need for a banding permit.