A subpermit is issued to a skilled bander who works on projects in association with a master bander or station permit. While the subpermit holder may band birds, record project data, and work as the Bander in Charge (BIC), the master permit holder is responsible for the administrative duties associated with the permit.Image of a bird being released

If you wish to apply for a subpermit you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have experience identifying, banding, sexing, and aging birds.
  • Complete the Bird Banding Permit Application (PDF; 25 Kb).
  • Identify which projects you will be working on. If you will be starting a new project, you must provide a detailed scientific project description justifying your need to band birds and demonstrating that a banding project is the best way to arrive at the intended results. The project description should include the duration of the study, the name(s) of the species and the number of each species that will be banded, the capture methods, any auxiliary marker protocols, and a list of collaborators.
  • Provide testimonial letters (PDF; 26 Kb) from two active permit holders who can attest to your ornithological, banding, and record-keeping abilities.
  • Ask the master permit holder or station's responsible individual under whom you will be working to send a request that you be added to their permit as a subpermittee.

Please contact the Bird Banding Office if you have any questions regarding the permitting procedure.

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