Incidental Take Working Group

Committee Charge

The Incidental Take Working Group was created in September 2018 with two charges:  1) Work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop and communicate about Best Management Practices for avoiding incidental take of migratory birds, and 2) Develop model language, or guiding principles for model legislation, for states wishing to develop statutes or rules addressing incidental take of migratory birds.

 The Working Group has a one-year charge and aims to complete its tasks by September 2019.

Minutes & Agendas

This Working Group holds monthly conference calls but does not convene during the AFWA or North American meetings.  Please contact Judith Scarl for more information on the status and progress of this group.

Affiliated Committees

Bird Conservation Committee

Working Group Contact Information

Working Group Lead
Dr. Judith Scarl, Bird Conservation Program Manager, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies


Anticipated resources include:
1) Compilation of existing Best Management Practices for incidental take of migratory birds, for several different types of threats;
2) Analysis of which incidental take threats are most commonly faced across state and provincial wildlife agencies;
3) Model language for states wishing to clarify that their agency has jurisdiction to regulate incidental take of migratory birds.

In addition, we will provide opportunities for state and provincial partners to review new or draft Best Management Practices documents.