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Tissue Sampling (blood)

Please allow 2 months lead time to process your revision request.

To request permission to take blood samples, please provide the BBL the following information.

1. Master's name and permit number any subpermits that require this permission
2. Species
3. Site of blood draw and technique (please specify if you are taking a direct pull with a syringe - from where on the bird or if you are using the prick and collect methods with a capillary tube and collection site or any other method)
4. Volume of blood to be taken
5. Applicant's qualifications and resume of experience and/or training (include for subpermits as well as Master if also requesting authorization for a subpermittee). This should include approximate number of birds bled; collection method and blood draw site, species or species group (for example, waterfowl, passerines, owls, etc), dates and project location.
Project proposal (Why is the blood needed? How will it be used?)

This information can be sent to bbl_permits@usgs.gov.

Tissue Sampling (feathers)

Please allow 2 months lead time to process your revision request.

To request permission to take feather samples, please provide the BBL the following information.

1. Master's name and permit number, and any subpermits that require this permission
2. Species
3. What feathers will be taken, and how many
4. Project proposal (Why are the feathers needed? How will they be used?)

This information can be sent to bbbl_permits@usgs.gov.