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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

112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

NancyLouise

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.

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

Julie B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been bringing birds to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station for over 30 years and do not know what we would do without them. We are privileged to donate and volunteer for such an important organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases natives in Miami-Dade County. We are also honored to help with their educational outreach programs that bring valuable information to our community on how to care for the birds and their environment. Education is the key and getting the word out to the community is essential! Pelican Harbor provides our community with not only a dedicated staff but also eager volunteers that make a difference for the birds and animals they serve.

Donor

Rating: 5

My 14 year old son and 11 year old daughter have been raising money for Pelican Harbor over the past three years and they feel immense pride in doing so because they know that every dollar they raise is put to such great use. Pelican Harbor does fantastic work rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife. The staff and volunteers are amazing and love the animals in their care, and they go over and above to ensure these beautiful creatures can be released back into the wild.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been supporting PHSS since moving to Miami a few years ago. As donors, we know our support is going to an excellent cause. We’ve seen the injured wildlife that are brought in healed and released. The selfless staff is dedicated and enthusiastic, always ready to explain and share information. Christopher Boykin is an amazing Executive Director- his passion for the organization and its mission is contagious. We’ve brought our grandkids here to take a tour of the facility and check out the pelicans and other birds. We’ve taken friends on the wonderful educational night cruises, we’ve attended the fascinating Pelican Talks. This internationally recognized center for seabird and wildlife rehabilitation not only heals birds and wildlife but educates the public about ways we can all help these creatures survive. It only takes one look at an
X-ray of a bird with a giant fisherman’s hook in its belly to become an advocate.

Iliana R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. They do a great job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome place that inspired my daughter to want to become a threatened and endangered species surgeon. A must experience!

Donor

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor is a critical resource in helping to keep Biscayne Bay healthy and vital. And it's a great place to visit! Tossing a pelican a fish, or visiting the animal ambassadors (love that opossum!) is always a delight.

Donor

Rating: 5

A hidden gem in Miami. There are hundreds of veterinary clinics, but they are the only full-service native wildlife hospital. They are open daily from 9-5, have a dedicated ambulance and really caring staff.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Seabird Station has helped me with many patients over the years. I understand why they used to help all wildlife in need, but applaud them for updating their mission to focus exclusively on native birds and wildlife. They are one of Miami's best-kept secrets and that's a shame, as the more folks who know about them would result in more injured wildlife being helped.

1 Maria G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Monday 10/23/2017 at 8:30 am walking thru Collins and 2nd Miami Beach found a bird from the family of herons ... perhaps an american bittern injured with broken leg... Call them up and in an hour an angel named Nancy ( volunteer) came to assist and pick up from my office.
I have to say... is not words to describe how thankful I feel ... was devastating seeing a beautiful bird in the middle of the city struggling with a broken leg super stressed out... now is in good hands . After work I will be checking on the bird.Thank you for all you do Maria Green

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me encanta ser voluntaria aquí!! Estar al aire libre, junto a la bahía, rodeada de aves y en un muy buen ambiente de trabajo... totalmente recomendable!! Disfruto y aprendo algo nuevo cada día. Os animo a todos los que os lo estéis pensando, que no lo dudéis ni un segundo más. Apuntaos! No os va a defraudar. Poder formar parte de una labor como esta , no tiene precio.

Silvia E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job 365 days a year. Staff, interns and all the volunteers that work day in day out to help all wildlife.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at PHSS for a few years, and it's truly my happy place. The staff do amazing work with limited resources, and the animals are such a joy to care for. You wouldn't believe how much satisfaction you can get from hosing down bird poop! I look forward to my shift every week, as well as the cruises, educational events, and annual Pelican Party. I can't recommend PHSS strongly enough to anyone looking for a great local cause to get involved with.