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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

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found two baby mockingbirds that had been removed from their nest and injured by a cat. We took them to Pelican Harbor. The next day we saw their photo on PH social media [attached]. A few weeks later we got an email that they were done with rehab and released!! This rescue is vital to South Florida wildlife! Highly recommended!!

Stephanie M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is still one of the best rescue organizations I know. All the staff work so hard to rehabilitate wildlife and actually care about the animals.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has been an amazing partner to the City of Miami Beach. They not only provide outstanding work rehabilitating and releasing our native wildlife, but they are also amazing engaging our community and educating them about bird conservation. They are a very serious and committed non-profit that is very responsive and dedicated to always delivering remarkable results. Throughout our partnership we have been very impressed with their professionalism, their staff’s passion and hard work and how they always go above and beyond. Thank you for being such an amazing partner and for all your wonderful work!

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.

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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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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

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.

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.
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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It is small but has some neat birds. Staff is knowledgeable and likes to share information and they are happy to take time answering questions. It is a fun stop to learn about rehab of birds and conservation in general.

Helen41

Volunteer

Rating: 4

PHSS welcomed me with open arms when I re-located from the UK and was looking to take up voluntary roles to help animals in need. As a zookeeper I have no doubt that all the staff and volunteers at PHSS do everything in their power to assist injured and orphaned animals and I have seen the wide variety of animals they help, from pelicans to turtles, pigs, doves and everything in between. I love spending time at PHSS and feel that I am appreciated for the help I give them. I now help PHSS receive donations by shopping online through http://smile.amazon.com/ and donating all of my loose change!

JenniferMaria

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friendly, well-spoken professionals who are passionate about their work. I brought Nugget, a Northern Parula songbird, to them and I'm glad I did. No matter the outcome, I know she's in good hands. Thank you, ladies!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are the best to treating injured birds by the thousand every year! I seeing all the work they do for those birds because I live close by. Even the cops dropping injured birds here regularly with fishhook or fishing line injuries.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station play a vital role in the education, rehabilitation and conservation of injured wildlife. SFL is fortunate to have such a dedication and well run organization.

2 Meghan19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coral Reef Conservation Program in the Biscayne Bay Environmental Center adjacent to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. Their staff is nothing less than diligent and dedicated to the cause of helping injured or stranded local wildlife. They work hard to engage the local community in efforts to make every animal a success story.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a WONDERFUL organization, manned by very selfless and dedicated volunteers.
Just take a look at the website and look at the pictures of the incredible wildlife being resqued and lovingly cared for. So awesome!

1 Leigh13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring, professional people helping wildlife and our world

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Donor

Rating: 4

We live nearby and regularly visit the seabird station. They have a constant stream of patients and are very busy. They are always welcoming and invite us to tour the birds in the outside area. They are very appreciative of any supplies/donations we are able to give them and are highly dedicated to their work.

1 Anne132

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue station has become a booming enterprise in the past year. Visitors are welcome and a tour is a very rewarding experience. I especially enjoyed the boat tour of the harbor and release of two large birds.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have always loved pelicans and when I heard about the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station and the work the did, I was hooked. The staff from the beginning has maintained contact through newsletters informing of all that's going on, with lots of pictures of the birds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the way you are community oriented. My daughter has had many opportunities in field trips and volunteering with Pelican Harbor. I hope that you are able to provide even more opportunities for the children and community at large to volunteer and visit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great experience and educational experience for my boys.

The staff is caring and focused on saving every animal that comes through the door.