Wildlife Research and Collection

Anyone (person, agency or institution) whose work involves wildlife research or collection in Alberta needs a Wildlife Research Permit and Collection Licence.

Research includes a variety of activities. See the Permit and Collection Licence Frequently Asked Questions document below for examples of activities that require a Wildlife Research Permit and Collection Licence.

If you wish to conduct wildlife research in one of Alberta’s provincial parks, in addition to obtaining a Wildlife Research Permit and Collection Licence, you must contact the Alberta Parks Division directly.

Getting a Wildlife Research and Collection Licence

  1. Get Started! Read the Background Information
    1. Read the FAQs for general information that will help you get started.
    2. Read the Wildlife Research Permit and Collection Licence Process for more in-depth information on the process.
  2. Submit the application

    NOTE: This application was last updated in October 2016. To ensure timely processing, please ensure that you are using the most recent version of the application form! As of January 1, 2017, we are no longer accepting applications that use the old (pre-October, 2016) forms.

    Please be sure to refer to the map attached to your form (see image at right) to assist you with identifying in which region(s) your work will occur.

    1. Download the Wildlife Research Permit and Collection Licence Application
    2. Complete the required fields in the application
    3. Email the application as an attachment to:
    4. Those submitting a Falconry Collection Licence Application must use this form: Email the completed Falconry Collection Licence Application to Dr. Gord Court at: Gord.Court@gov.ab.ca
  3. Follow the class protocols Research on some species must be done according to specific protocols. The class protocols currently in place are below. Note: Class Protocol #006 was reinstated December 2012.
    Protocols for Wildlife Research Protocol Number

    Updated Documents Now Available:

    • Chemical Immobilization of Wildlife: Drug Volume Calculation Tables
    Addendum to Class Protocols #001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 007, 008, 009, 101, 012: Invasive DNA Collection from Wildlife Species- 2013 (4 pages, <1 MB) Addendum to Class Protocols #001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 007, 008, 009, 010,012
    Chemical Immobilization of Wildlife: Drug Volume Calculation Tables- 2016 (6 pages, <1 MB) Drug Volume Calculation Tables
    Raptor Collection for Falconry- Mar 2002 (3 pages, <1 MB) Class Protocol #001
    Recreational Bird Banding- Feb 2001 (4 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #002
    Capture and Handling of Amphibians- Feb 2005 (6 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #003
    Bat Capture, Handling and Release- Feb 2005 (5 pages, 1MB) Addendum to class protocol #4- July 2009 (2 pages, 1 MB) Class Protocol #004
    Capture, Handling, Immobilization and Release of Bears- July 23 2013 (8 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #005
    Call Playback for Owls- Feb 2005 (4 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #006
    Small Mammal Handling and Trapping- Feb 2005 (4 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #007
    Ungulate Capture by Net-Gunning, Handling and Release- Feb 2005 (7 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #008
    Canid Capture, Handling, Immobilization and Release- July 23 2013 (7 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #009
    Greater Sage-grouse Capture, Translocation, and Release- Mar 2011 (9 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #010
    Ground-based Wildlife Surveys- Oct 2012 (3 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #011
    Cougar Capture, Handling, Immobilization and Release– Jul 23, 2013 (6 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #012
    Ungulate Survey Protocol for Species Detection and Monitoring Purposes– Jul 23, 2013 (3 pages, 1MB) Class Protocol #013
  4. Submit your data and the completion report when you are done your research
    1. Submit the results of your wildlife research/collection through FWMIS (Fisheries and Wildlife Management Information System). Download the appropriate loadform from this page:
    2. Email the completed FWMIS loadform to the Permit Issuer/Fish and Wildlife representative responsible for the area of your data collection. For the area contact map, see:
    3. If you need to submit bird banding data to the Wildlife Management Branch, you can either use FWMIS (following steps A and B above) OR you can use Bandit OR Band Manager. Find out how to submit the data using Bandit or Band Manager:
    4. If you have completed your research (i.e., are not expecting to renew the licence next year), submit the report by completing the form below
  5. Renew your Wildlife Research Permit and Collection Licence

    NOTE: This application has been updated; as of October 2016, the renewal application is no longer a separate form. After January 1, 2017, we will no longer be accepting applications that use the old forms.

    Please be sure to refer to the map attached to your form (see image at right) to assist you with identifying in which region(s) your work will occur.

    1. Download the form:
    2. Complete the required fields
    3. Email the report as an attachment to:

Contact Us

To submit your applications and reports, email:

Questions about Wildlife Research Permits and Collection Licences can be emailed to the address above, or you can call:

  • 780 422 9533 (toll-free call 310-0000)

For information on general wildlife activity in your area, contact the area wildlife biologist. See the Wildlife Management Area Contacts Map at:

 

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Updated: May 18, 2017