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Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Pelican Harbor Seabird Station was founded in 1980 to help injured pelicans found swimming toward their rookery at sundown. An average of 265 pelicans per year have been treated ever since, with a release rate over 75%. We maintain 40 permanently injured pelicans for on-site educational display and for outreach programs at schools and we are currently planning a formal research project involving release of their progeny to help a local natural pelican rookery.

Programs: The pelican harbor seabird station, inc. (phss) is a florida not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of rescuing, rehabilitating, sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and releasing them back into the wild once they have recovered. Phss is a federally permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility under us fish & wildlife permit #mb4856a-3. Phss specializes in the treatment of birds with a focus on brown pelicans and seabirds. However, more than 1,968 patients representing 156 species were treated 2014. In addition to rehabilitation, we also have a strong focus on education through numerous on site tours, outreach at community events and school programs.

Community Stories

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Merari N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor is filled with so many wonderful people. The space is small and the resources are scarce but they some how pull off helping thousands of animals every year. The staff and volunteers are so passionate and educated. I am very proud to be be part of such an amazing organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has given me a place to do what I love, which is helping animals. I have grown so much as a wildlife rehabilitator at this facility and have cared for thousands of injured native wildlife. Not only is the staff dedicated but the interns, volunteers and donors are too and are passionate about our mission. Not only do we rescue, rehab, and release we also work hard to educate the public and participate in research studies to better assist in wildlife conservation efforts.

Nina S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is an amazing organization that rehabilitates and releases native wildlife in Miami. The staff and volunteers do amazing work and go above and beyond to deliver the best care to all rehab patients. This organization is a great asset to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PHSS is an amazing non-profit for the Miami community. They are the primary rescue and rehabilitation facility for native wildlife in Miami-Dade County, treating more than 1,000 patients each year over their 40 year history. They also host cruises to observe Biscayne Bay’s rookeries, events at public parks and in school classrooms, and they bring in conservationists from across the world in their monthly speaker series. And they are powered by a small staff and many dozens of dedicated volunteers. Such a great asset for our community!

Christopher Scott B.

Donor

Rating: 5

This little non-profit really packs in the services. They do a great deal with the limited space and staff they have. It's wonderful the community has banded together to support the Seabird Station and keep them operational and funded over the past four decades. The majority of the injuries that come in are direct or indirect impacts of humans living in high densities in south Florida. Visit often, tell your friends and support them with a gift if you can.

NancyLouise

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, inspirational or worthy non-profit than Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. I have been volunteering there for three years, after having brought in many native birds and mammals in for treatment, and representatives from Pelican Harbor having spoken to my elementary school students over the years. The staff and volunteers do everything they can to support wildlife in our area. It’s my great privilege to be associated with their team.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has had more than 30,000 patients. Having brought a number of injured birds to Pelican Harbor, it is now a real joy to be volunteering with the passionate, compassionate staff here. Everyone who works there is a gem, truly nobility in action.

With so many kind and humane members of our community, as well as our police, fire rescue, lifeguards and many other public servants alerting us daily about animals in crisis, it is critical to have such a responsive facility in our midst.

The staff and administration at Pelican Harbor go over and above caring for native birds and wildlife, from picking up animals in need, to working overtime and after hours doing rescue work and community outreach, they are a vital resource in our city, and deserve to be well supported.

Teresa K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization that goes above and beyond to serve injured wildlife and educate the community on all manner of conservation topics important to our community. The staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated to the work and to each other and it shows. Making a donation of time or money to PHSS is never wasted and contributes directly to improving the lives of animals and protecting the beautiful environment we call home in Miami. I am proud to be a supporter of this organization.

Doug G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great place to be able to support and contribute to the well being of local native wilding populations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. I have been working here for a little over 6 months now & am so impressed with the passion of all the staff & volunteers here. Everyone truly cares about the animals and the mission and everything is transparent and honest.

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Stephanie M.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working here for a little over 6 months now & in love with the work that we do here at PHSS! This truly is a group of people that love what they do and are passionate about saving animals and our environment as well as educating others on how they can help do their part as well.

Tori F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been apart of the clinic staff for six months now. I am so grateful that I get the opportunity to work with such amazing staff, volunteers, and animals. Being at PHSS as allowed me to continue to grow my knowledge and experience in wildlife rehab. Pelican Harbor truly is a wonderful place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor is a wonderful Non Profit dedicated to caring for sick and injured native South Florida Birds and small Mammals. The staff< of which I am a part> and volunteers are amazing- professional and tremendous advocates in the community! Thanks Pelican Harbor for all you do to release our patients back into the wild!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been an employee at Pelican Harbor for the last year and a half, and it is truly a privilege to be able to work with such a dedicated and hardworking staff towards such a noble cause. The compassion that all members of the Pelican Harbor team exhibit (staff and volunteers alike) is truly unmatched!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at PHSS 4 years ago, and it's truly changed my life. They're wonderful people doing important work, and they offer lots of opportunities to get involved -- from sunset cruises to cleaning pens. It's all fun, and it all helps protect Miami's amazing birds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This amazing organization plays a critical role in the community. Their top notch staff go the extra mile to care for South Florida's native wild life. The Seabird Station is a hidden gem in Miami and has been saving animals for nearly 40 years..and continues to do so every single day of the year. So grateful for the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing wonderful work, and a great place to volunteer.

Mary D.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Great Organization with a very special role in the community! Keep up the great work and terrific release rate!

Liza A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited here with our Girl Scout Troop. Wonderful organization.

Katie Carlson B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had never heard of Pelican Harbor before my friend Katie started volunteering there while we were both living in Miami. I went to visit her while she was feeding the birds and I started to realize what a special place it was. I never took the plunge cleaning cages and feeding the birds, but I knew I wanted to get involved in some way. Katie asked me to help plan Pelican Harbor's Annual Pelican Party, and that is when I began to know the amazing people who work at the non-profit. The employees and volunteers are so committed not only to helping injured birds in the Miami-Dade Area but working to make sure these migratory birds are able to complete their journey along the Eastern Seaboard and beyond. They also work to educate people on these magnificent birds. Over the past few years I have not only volunteered with the organization, but my husband and I have donated money and I am currently helping them with finding grants and funding so they can continue their important work! I recommend anyone living or traveling to Miami to put the Seabird Station on their list of places to check out, you will leave changed!

J M Van B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love what these guys are doing, always helping the birds of south fla