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The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) protects over 800 species of migratory birds, their nests and eggs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has been mandated by this Act to provide this protection and to facilitate exceptions to the prohibitions of the Act by issuing permits for specific and justifiable activies involving migratory birds. Regulations covering permits can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 50. 50 CFR 10 will provide you with definitions and a list of all birds protected under the Act, 50 CFR 13 provides information on applying, renewing, amending, etc., and 50 CFR 21 provides specific permit information and qualifying factors on a variety of authorized and permitted activies.