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Collecting - Environmental education resources

Did you know it is illegal to collect nests, feathers, eggs, and other bird parts from the wild to use in the classroom?

This is because most birds in Minnesota are migratory or protected and fall under the protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Migratory Bird Treaty Act." To collect these items, you must possess both a State and a Federal Salvage permit.

  1. State Permit Instructions: Contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at 651-259-5203 to apply for a Wildlife Salvage Permit. No fee.
  2. Federal Permit Instructions to download the Special Purpose - Salvage form and mail it in. (There may be a $50 - $100 permit fee.)

Neither the State nor the Federal permit covers the salvage of endangered or threatened species. Check with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the DNR before accepting animal carcasses or parts from other parties. Use this as a "teachable moment" to ensure that wanton collection of wild birds don't threaten the health of important species. Keep your permits in your classroom, and you're covered. If you have questions, contact your local DNR Conservation Officer


graphic drawing of a bird's nest with eggsCollection Tips

(taken from Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Activity Guide)