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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

1 Lawrence D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These guys do an awesome job rescuing injured and abandoned seabirds and getting them back to a healthy state before releasing these beautiful creatures back to their natural habitat!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! Very dedicated to rehabilitating injured Pelicans and other birds.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PHSS does amazing work with limited resources. It's a wonderful place full of good people and great animals.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had no idea the volume and diversity of wildlife the Seabird Station was treating. I thought they mostly just took in pelicans, but they treat over 2000 patients of 150+ species each year.

The staff and volunteers seem very dedicated. I'd highly recommend supporting their important work and going on one of the monthly Behind the Scenes Tours. They give you an indepth perspective of the work they do and even released a pelican at the end of the tour. My son really enjoyed the tour and we're going to come back next month with some of his cousins.

The tours are free, but definitely consider making a donation to support their work.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff at Pelican Harbor are more than welcoming when you step foot onto the property. They are very engaging and are able to tell you even the most minute details of each type of bird they save (both native and non-native to FL). We even got to meet some permanent residents (those birds who due to injuries are unable to be released back into the wild) - each of course with their own personality! It is amazing the work this dedicated bunch of people do for our wildlife in Florida. They do take visitors on tours, and many of the permanent residents are available for adoption/sponsorship (a great idea for children, organizations or schools). We are so grateful for their work, and generally awed at this amazing nonprofit organization!