Certain types of activities within the falconry program require additional permits.
These activities include:
- Nonresident Take Permits
- Raptor Propagation Permits
- Permits for using raptors for Wildlife Abatement
- Eagle Permits
There are other special permits outside of the falconry program that authorize raptor possession or take.
These permits include:
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits
- Wildlife Education Permit
- Wildlife Research Permit for Scientific Purposes Permit
- Wildlife Depredation Permit
- NOTE: Osprey nest removal permits fall under this category.
Falconry or Raptor Propagation activities that do not require an additional permit:
Conservation Education Programs
Holders of General or Master Falconry Permits or Raptor Propagation Permits may use birds possessed under those permits in conservation education programs presented in public venues without an additional state or federal education permit. Apprentice Falconers may present at conservation education programs if they are under the supervision of a General or Master Falconer when they do so.
- The bird must primarily be used for falconry or raptor propagation depending upon which permit it is possessed under.
- The permittee may charge a fee for the presentation of a conservation education program; however, the fee may not exceed the amount required to recoup costs.
- Presentations that do not address falconry and conservation education are not authorized under a falconry permit. In conservation education programs, the permittee must provide information about the biology, ecological roles, and conservation needs of raptors and other migratory birds, although not all of these topics must be addressed in every presentation.
- Permittees are responsible for all liability associated with conservation education activities undertaken.
Photography and Filming
Falconry permittees may allow photography, filming, or other such uses of falconry raptors to make movies or other sources of information on the practice of falconry or on the biology, ecological roles, and conservation needs of raptors and other migratory birds.
- The permittee may not be paid for such uses.
- Permittees may not use falconry raptors to make movies, commercials, or in other commercial ventures that are not related to falconry.
- Permittees may not use falconry raptors for commercial entertainment; for advertisements; as a representation of any business, company, corporation, or other organization; or for promotion or endorsement of any products, merchandise, goods, services, meetings, or fairs, with the following exceptions:
- Permittees may use a falconry raptor to promote or endorse a nonprofit falconry organization or association.
- Permittees may use a falconry raptor to promote or endorse products or endeavors related to falconry, including, but not limited to items such as hoods, telemetry equipment, giant hoods, perches, materials for raptor facilities, falconry training and education materials, and scientific research and publication.
Rehabilitation under another Wildlife Rehabilitator's Outshelter Permit
General and Master Falconer Permittees may assist in rehabilitation of raptors to prepare them for release only if they are listed on a permitted wildlife rehabilitator's outshelter permit or as an assistant to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator.
- Permittees listed on a wildlife rehabilitators outshelter permit may keep birds they are helping to rehabilitate in their facilities.
- Raptors possessed for this purpose are not counted against the permittee's falconry possession limit and are not added to their Falconry Permit; the raptors remain under the permit of the rehabilitator.
- Raptors that cannot be permanently released to the wild must be returned to the rehabilitator for placement within the 180-day timeframe in which the rehabilitator is authorized to possess the bird, unless the Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit Coordinator authorizes the permittee to retain the bird for longer than 180 days.
- In coordination with the rehabilitator, the permittee must release all releasable raptors to the wild or return them to the rehabilitator for release within the 180-day timeframe in which the rehabilitator is authorized to possess the birds, unless the Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit Coordinator authorizes the permittee to retain and condition a bird for longer than 180 days, or unless the rehabilitator transfers the bird to the permittee to hold under their falconry permit with authorization of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit Coordinator.