Frank Bowers/Chuck Hunti
Migratory Bird Coordinatoi
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv
1875 Century Blvd., Suite 4;
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
Phone: 404/679 7188
Fax: 404/679 7285
E-mail: frank bowers@fw.
E-mail: chuck hunter@fws
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States, Canada, Japan and Mexico.
There are migratory bird treaties
with these countries that require the
United States to determine when, to
what extent, and by what means it is
compatible with the terms of treaties/
conventions to allow use of these
birds and their habitats. The
Secretary of the Interior has been
charged with such determinations.
Are there permit requirements to
protect migratory birds, their nests
and eggs, or bodyparts?
Yes, each Service region has a
migratory bird permit branches)
that decides if permits are needed for
various actions involving migratory
birds. The types of permits that may
be issued or required are:
Eagle Indian Religious.
Special Purpose (Possession).
Salvage of Dead Birds.
Miscellaneous Special Purpose.
How are migratory bird hunting
The Service collects population,
habitat, hunter and harvest data on
an annual basis to gauge the status of
hunted species. This is a cooperative
effort with the states, Canada and
Mexico. Waterfowl hunting
regulations for migratory species use
flyways (broad geographical areas
traveled by groups of migrating
birds) to establish regulation
frameworks for hunting. The states
within a flyway work with Service
biologists to analyze data and propose
regulations to the Service's
Regulation Committee. This
committeejudges the proposals and
recommends a broad set of hunting
regulations that include season dates,
bag/species limits, etc. These
framework regulations are approved
by the Service Director, and states
are then allowed the flexibility to
choose specific state regulations
within the flyway frameworks.