I became a monthly donor after volunteering for Pelican Harbor.
Animals not only beautify our world, which is already of great value but they also have ecological and economic benefits that directly impact our lives.
I support this cause 100%.
Thank you Pelican Harbor for all your hard work!
I’ve been a volunteer at PHHS since 2017 and I’m currently doing the internship program. I knew nothing about wildlife when I started but the warmed and enthusiastic personality of the staff along with their passionate dedication and commitment made me want to stay and see more of what was happening in this place :) They are highly knowledgeable and full of amazing skills and at the same time they are able to explain everything in an interesting yet simple way. And even more...being able to see an injured animal recover and get released back to their natural habitat is one of the most rewarding opportunities in life. I’m very happy to belong here!
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is essential to the welfare of wildlife in Miami! I do not know what we would do without them.....the staff....vonlunteers....donors....and, Christopher Boykin, CEO, who continues to go above and beyond to reach out to the community to educate the public what they can do to help take care of our native wildlife. Education is key! It takes a village and we all need to be a part of the solution. Over the years I have volunteered for PHSS, I especially enjoyed taking animals out to classrooms and events to introduce both children and adults to our ambassador animals. What wonderful questions and conversations we shared on how they could become wildlife warriors!
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.
Pelican Harbor is a hidden gem tucked away on the rocky shores of a Miami Beach Causeway.
Motorists drive by unaware of the amazing work being done just out of view.
Many people do not think about the relationship some human behaviors have on animals; plastics and pollution, fishing hooks and line, and habitat loss are just some of the challenges facing our local wildlife populations. As a member of the all volunteer Operation Rescue Team I do what I can to bring the injured to the station for medical attention. There I have witnessed the compassionate dedication of the Pelican Harbor staff that treats and then releases our patients back to their natural settings.
I am grateful for the the lives being saved and am so happy knowing Pelican Harbor Seabird Station will be there for the animals.
I first learned about PHSS several years ago after encountering an injured bird that needed help. PHSS stepped in to nurture it back to health and release it back into the community. More recently, I have joined the PHSS as a volunteer and can attest to the valuable work that they do to help wildlife in Miami-Dade.
I have been bringing injured wildlife to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station since the founders, Harry and Darlene Kelton, we’re taking in injured pelicans on their houseboat, thirty years ago. I’ve been a volunteer and supporter there, and have been able to see up close the amazing dedication, compassion and professionalism of the staff and other volunteers. Under the leadership of Christopher Boykin, Pelican Harbor has been significantly expanding their reach in this vital role they play in our community. Pelican HarborSeabird Station is a non-profit that does critical work for the animals that cannot speak for themselves. The animals deserve your support. Please do help them by supporting Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. Thank you.
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.
I am a new volunteer and can't say enough good things about Pelican Harbor Seabird Station and the opportunity it has provided for me. Finding ways to volunteer during COVID have been challenging and this one is perfect. You can volunteer on your own schedule and do as little or as much as you want. After being trained for the Operation Rescue and Release Program, I have been able to participate in both rescuing and releasing. It's such a wonderful feeling to be able to take an injured animal to the clinic for medical treatment and then to watch a rehabilitated animal be set free back into its natural habitat. The Release photo is of a Cooper's Hawk. You can see him smiling as he flies free!
After seeing the amazing work they do for years, a volunteer opportunity presented itself and I’m glad I joined to help the staff in any way I can.
After admiring the work of PHSS from a distance for some time, I took a leap and started volunteering there nearly a year ago. The experience has given me great insight into the non-profit sector, observing a small facility with a staff that is dedicated and passionate about the organization's mission. It has also allowed me to broaden my own knowledge and appreciation for South Florida wildlife and to observe the best side of humanity - people that truly care about animal welfare and our environment.
It's been a little over two years for me volunteering at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, and the experiences just keep getting better. I'm so grateful to have joined this amazing organization, the staff are a dedicated group of people who work tirelessly day-in-day-out to save the beautiful wildlife of Miami-dade county. The sole reason I became a volunteer here at the Station was because of my passion for birds. They are therapeutic for me, and to have the opportunity to be up-close and personal with them is a blessing. I look forward to what is in store for Pelican-Harbor Seabird station in the near future, great things are on the way for this amazing non-profit organization. I'm honored to be part of it.
As a Lover of birds, Volunteering at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has been a complete paradise for me. It has been such a great experience taking care of the different species of birds, and other wildlife. Also not to mention that I’ve been surrounded by an amazing group of people, who are dedicated to rehabilitating sick and injured animals. I’m grateful, to have the opportunity to Volunteer at an amazing Wildlife hospital, it has been an incredible life experience.
I became familiar with PHSS about three years ago through a friend and was instantly mesmerized. This year I got the opportunity to be involved with the rehabilitation clinic and I am beyond grateful. The work being done here rehabilitating native wildlife is beautiful and a life changing experience for me. The staff is nice and always willing to educate! Can't wait to continue my journey here.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station was one of the best decisions that I made to gain experience with animals. Not only did I learn so many things about animal anatomy, medication, and handling, but I got to develop bonds with an amazing staff who worked really hard to make the volunteering and interning experience one to truly remember. Every single person in this establishment works really hard to help provide care and rehabilitation to injured animals, and I am grateful to have been able to work for this amazing establishment. They always treat people bringing in animals with upmost respect, and work hard to make sure both parties have a seamless experience.
Volunteering at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station for the past eight years has truly been the most rewarding experience of my life so far. I am so honored to be a small part of the entire team working so hard each day to help all of our native wildlife heal and be returned to their natural environments. Working up close and hands on with all the species is such an enriching feeling that so few ever experience .
Until recently I have been volunteering at PHSS for 3 years. I particularly enjoyed working with the staff and other volunteers as very flexible and cohesive team. Under the leadership of staff such as Chris and Kiki we were able to provide a fine habitat for the injured and sick animals and enabled many to return to the wild. I will miss volunteering but I have to move away from the area.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is staffed by a handful of dedicated and knowledgable individuals and hard working volunteers who collaborate to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals, mostly birds. It is also committed to community outreach and education through programs such as their children's camps, Biscayne Bay island tours and an evening talk series, just to name a few. It is vital to the health of our environment!
I have volunteered at Pelican harbor seabird station for 2 years. Everyone who works there or volunteers there has a great love and respect for wildlife. They treat, recuperate And release so many native species and are making a real difference in our environment with organized group clean up days. Volunteering at Pelican harbor has really been an important part of my life and has opened my eyes to Florida’s amazing diverse wildlife. The work they are doing is making a huge impact in our community.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is an amazing organization that is making such a positive impact on our native wildlife and environment. As a volunteer, I see the passion that everyone here has towards providing care for animals in need. This is an organization that truly cares about their mission and about educating others. I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing team!
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is a special place that goes beyond to care for animals and providing a service to teach the public about local seabirds and wildlife
I have learned much during my time as a volunteer and am grateful to have had the opportunity!
I have been a huge fan of Pelican Harbor Seabird Station since discovering them three years ago. They set the standard for how a wildlife rehab center should be operated. As evidenced by their ever increasing numbers of patients, they are desperately needed in South Florida and we are very fortunate to have them.
Furthermore, I have had the pleasure to participate in both their volunteer and internship programs. Both programs have provided me with an amazing learning experience and have given me the opportunity to get acquainted with the outstanding staff at PHSS.
Pelican harbor feels like a big family for me. I always loved being surrounded by animals but having wonderful staff makes all the difference. I feel that every single person at Pelican Harbor legitimately cares about the environment and animals. From administration , clinical staff to volunteers We all do our very best to give back to the planet. Can’t wait to COVID to be over to be able to come back!!
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A great place to be able to support and contribute to the well being of local native wilding populations.
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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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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Great organization doing wonderful work, and a great place to volunteer.
Great Organization with a very special role in the community! Keep up the great work and terrific release rate!
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!
Love what these guys are doing, always helping the birds of south fla
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.
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.
Everyone was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. They do a great job!
Awesome place that inspired my daughter to want to become a threatened and endangered species surgeon. A must experience!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I volunteer here occasionally and staff are always warm and friendly! It is great organization that makes you feel involved with just cleaning poop!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!