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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One morning my child came to me crying while holding an injured baby bird in his hands.
After a few phone calls to divers vet offices we were given the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station's phone number.
First it was reinsuring to speak with someone who took the time to listen and explain what to do with the injured animal while we had it and how to handle it before we could drop it off to the station.
Once we arrived we were warmly greeted and were explained what will be the treatment given to the bird. We received a case number which allowed us to follow up on our case and find out that he recovered well and was soon released.
But what moved me the most that was since I was with my boys who were obviously shaken by the experience, we were offered to visit the outdoor facility and explained the daily functioning of the station.
I was so impressed by the level of attention and care given to both us and the injured patient, I was inspired to apply for a volunteer position.
It is wonderful to have a place like this in Miami.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the only non-profit organization that has continually answered my telephone calls regarding ANY KIND of bird problem and/or mammal problems. That is important when you find a stranded animal and no one else calls you back. These people not only have the KNOWLEDGE, but they are very helpful with helping out our native wildlife (no matter what it is).

I go back with Pelican Harry ran this organization and what a great human being he was.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've gone to visit three times. It is always an education. I took home a small Conure that they had been sheltering for a few weeks. The bird is very healthy - which they checked out before releasing it to me. I am planning to take Boston visitors on the next sunset bird cruise. I am looking forward to that experience a lot.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelicans need our help. We take them for granted because we grew up in FL with them all over the place. The people who work at the Pelican Harbor will help any animal they can. If they don't have means to fix it they find a place that can. The education and experience you receive on their boat tour is extraordinary. We saw a bald eagle on one trip. The baby pelicans are so innocent and need protection. The staff is kind too!
Thank you,

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched them grow for the last 18years. They do a wonderful job rehabilitating injured birds.



General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Pelican Sea Bird Station for around twenty-five plus years and found them to be the most important organization for the rescue and rehabilitation of our sea birds.
Between 1995 and 2005 I was employed by Miami-Dade County Parks Dept. to oversee the property where the Sea Bird Station is located. The founder and staff were the greatest people to work with.
Even that I moved from Miami I intend to continue to support them through donations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have dropped off injured birds found on our property. They have also come to pick up injured birds from our property. Both were wood storks.
Montgomery Botanical Center
11091 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place, not only for helping pelicans but for educating the public. I have taken my students there for years. I have taken wounded birds to them and they have taken care of them and found them new homes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported this program for several years. They are a caring group of people who go the extra mile for Florida's pelicans & other wildlife. My contributions are wisely used.