Collecting specimens, banding, or holding live animals requires appropriate permits from state and federal agencies. Collecting permits are available by request from Natural Areas Management (NAM); click here for the application and proposal submission process. NAM operates on a 60 day processing cycle and makes every effort to review applications within 30 days to find them complete and have an additional 30 days to decide whether to issue or deny the request. This process is driven by the volume of applications received within the office and the complexity of the request. Typically NAM is able to review and make a final decision within 45 days.