Wildlife Scientific Collection Permit
General Info - Statewide Permit
A permit, issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, to collect wildlife, (birds, nests or eggs, mammals, reptiles, amphibians), from the wild for scientific or educational purposes.
Any properly accredited person of known scientific attainment desiring to collect wildlife, (birds, nests or eggs, mammals, reptiles, amphibians), from the wild for scientific or educational purposes must first obtain a Scientific Collection permit from the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Department of Natural Resources. This permit is also required to capture, mark and release wildlife. Public educational institutions also need this permit to salvage wildlife and to maintain specimens for educational purposes.
Please visit our Fishing and Boating Service Scientific Collection Permit webpage for collecting permits for aquatic organisms.
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
For scientific purposes, details of which species are to be collected, methods of collection, and final disposition of the animals must be provided with the application.
For educational institutions, list of species desired and purpose of the education must be provided with the application.
Apply for the Permit
Ready to apply?
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)
An Annual Report must be filed with the Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Annual renewal is required.
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?
Natural Resources Article, Title 10 Wildlife, Subtitle 9 Captive Wildlife, Section §§10-909