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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PHSS is a special place that provides invaluable services to our local wildlife and community. I've been relieved to have this resource when I've found sick and injured birds in the area, and I'm always impressed. The rehabilitation and outreach teams are smart, gracious, and incredibly dedicated. And the permanent resident pelicans are so fun! Whether you're dropping off an injured animal, attending an educational event, enjoying a seabird cruise, or just visiting, you will be charmed by the staff and patients.

David409

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing little wildlife rescue. It sits on a beautiful location right on the bay and though small they have a well equipped facility that even includes a boat for water rescues. The staff and volunteers are professional and dedicated. They also conduct educational and fund raising events which tells me that this non-profit is well managed. Their sunset cruise of the offshore island rookery was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here occasionally and staff are always warm and friendly! It is great organization that makes you feel involved with just cleaning poop!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here when I re-located to Miami. This organization was an excellent way for me to not only give back to the environment but also learn more about native wildlife in South Florida. The staff here are very friendly and operate as a small family. I am constantly impressed with how dedicated each employee is to the mission and how they can achieve so much with so little resources and pure determination. Pelican Harbor Seabird Station also has a strong commitment to educating the community about wildlife through school visits, community events and educational speakers series. In Miami they are one of a kind and our wildlife are lucky to have them on their team!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Got involved with this Center long time ago while attending to some workshops. Last week had the opportunity to take some of my students from Introduction to Marine Biology (Broward College) to a field trip where they learned all about PHSS. Knowledgeable staff, with great care about the animals were able to fulfill all the goals of our visit. The exchange of questions and answers was great and the students were very satisfied with the visit, even some of them planning on returning and were really interested on internships and other activities offered here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor has been the go-to rescue and rehab for birds for 25 years here in Miami. They do a fantastic job of informing and educationing the public as well. They are super professional, always helpful. I recently took my granddaughter on a tour of the facilities and of the birds under card, and she was absolutely enchanted. They are a great educational resource - for children and grown ups alike. Thank you Pelican Harbor!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbour has always been very helpful and friendly when I drop off injured birds. I really appreciate that I can check on their status once I drop them off, too. I love receiving their mailings, and wish they were closer to home so I could volunteer there. Great organization.

Ken_61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station many times over the years. Whether I bring out-of-town guests or just go over with my husband, everyone is always amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. Fortunately, those same characteristics carry over to the most important recipients: The seabirds they rescue, nurse and bring back to health. I happened to be there one day for a release of a rescued pelican to see the results of their work and it was inspiring. Taking a boat tour of the bay with this organization was not only beautiful, but helped us learn so much about the amazing resource of Biscayne Bay. This is an amazing organization with a huge heart and...beautiful feathers.