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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

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor does great work saving birds that get into trouble.

1 Carla36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PHSS is a great small nonprofit that helps all wildlife in times of need I'm the Miami area.

Donor

Rating: 5

The administrative overhead is minimal.

The donors receive information about the operation several times a year.

Love and dedication towards the care of the various species is overwhelming.

This organization deserves the 5 stars that I post !!!!!!!

Eva G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff are very dedicated. They are making a huge difference in the lives of these unfortunate creatures restoring them to good health

Sonja D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this group for four years, and each time I go I am impressed with the care and dedication of the staff and volunteers. It is an amazing place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Seabird station has been the place in Miami-Dade that I've sent injured birds to or referred as place to do so for others. In the past year, it has really began to branch out to South Floridians to educate and engage with the public about its work with injured wildlife in South FL.

The staff are among some of the only wildlife rehabers in one of the countries largest metro areas and work with dedication and professionalism.

Alex

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many, many times I have gone in the middle of the night with an injured bird, possum, other wildlife that I have found. These folks are the best! They are available 24/7 to help animals and their level of expertise is incredible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were very courteous and responsive when I contacted them. They made it easy for me to bring the bird to their facility.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot praise Pelican Harbor enough for their dedication, their contributions and their work.
We are so grateful to have them in our community.
They definitely are worthy recipients of your support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great facility with a great staff. Huge caring hearts that are doing a fantastic job helping our wildlife ❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great, knowledgeable people who really care. Always willing to help any animal in need. Very friendly as well.

David339

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They really care a lot about all of their patients.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pelican harbour provides a much needed role in our community. I urge you to visit to see just what they do there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people and staff! Focus on sensitive species and have a great plan for the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place, great purpose, great people, and great patients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization run by a talented staff. Truly making a difference for the birds they help and providing a fantastic interpretive program to educate the public. Their dedication is shown by the quality of work they produce. Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is a sterling example of how nonprofits should operate.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor is a wonderful sanctuary for injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife. The staff is welcoming and extremely competent. They are most people's "go to" wildlife rescue in the Miami area. You will not be disappointed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer for this non profit! They do great work
Go out of their way to help the intake animals and permanent residents.
I am proud to have volunteered for this non profit organization

Donor

Rating: 5

They've treated and released thousands of my "neighbors" over the years. You can drop in and see the facility and know that the money really is going to the animals. What a beautiful location for a beautiful thing. :)

Donor

Rating: 5

I have brought several injured wild animals in need of help to them and they have always responded quickly and with passion. That sealed it for me. I knew if the birds, possum and squirrel i found were to have a chance of survival that time and speed of help was most critical. Plus if you call back with your case number they give you follow up information on the patient. Pelican Harbor ranks #1 for me.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I brought a sick bird to you once. I'll always be grateful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor plays a crucial role in rescuing and releasing south Florida birds in trouble. They also take in other animals, some they care for and others they refer to appropriate local rescue groups. Pelican Harbor also performs educational programs in the community. All around, this nonprofit is a great benefit to all, especially the birds in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience getting to know Pelican Harbor while volunteering. The amount of love and attention that is in this place is a true blessing to the community in so many ways.

Connie75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful nonprofit. Far exceeds expectations in taking in and saving all kinds of native wildlife, primarily birds. Lots of dedicated volunteers. Smart, compassionate but small staff. Great newsletter, social media and communication program. We always know what they are doing, who they have rescued, how the animals are doing. They came to my rescue immediately when I found a rare, endangered gopher tortoise in the street in front of my home, and offered to see that he gets to a waif tortoise sanctuary. However, the tortoise escaped and must have gone back to his burrow, probably close by. Perhaps even on our own property. We are constantly trying to get a glimpse of this magnificent, ancient creature. No luck yet.

Gloria32

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor has been there a very long time and they rescue any bird brought to their attention. I have left about 3 wounded birds there, they know what to do for them and they do it. They provide a nice environment for the animals and encourage participation. I believe they also have boat tours in Biscayne Bay. Couldn't ask for more than that! Five Stars for sure. Very thankful they are in the neighborhood.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If the organization is trying to help, why stop them?

Caitlin9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station goes beyond the expectations of how to connect animals with people by offering guided tours of bird rookeries via boat, public viewings of bird releases, rescue, and so much more. It's a very interactive and organized non-profit run by a handful of dedicated staff and volunteers. I highly recommend signing up for one of their monthly "Sunset Birding Cruises" around Biscayne Bay and/or taking the family to see the bird releases from the station on Saturday mornings.

1 Beth158

Client Served

Rating: 5

Took in, cared for and released an injured nighthawk that had previously been in a cat's mouth!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They peovide a much neefed service.

They need more funds: I called to have them save a hawk 15 minutes away and there wasn't any staff available to help.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Devoted, tireless staff are wonderfully adept at saving injured birds. This is a nonprofit that really makes the most of every dollar to help the injured. Volunteers are essential to keep the site running smoothly and to allow the staff to do what they do best...heal the injured.

1 Stephanie224

Donor

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor in MIami does such important work..when natural habitat and human activity encroach and negatively affect our important shore birds, the work they do is vital..we need more of these tireless workers and places like this!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great work helping local birds recover from injuries

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just love this place and what they do for the birds. Very nice and clean with genuine people that love what they do and love the birds.

1 Christina120

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently visited this facility and was impressed with the number of animals they help and the diversity considering there limited operation. Living in Miami and having volunteered in the past at a wildlife rehab facility, this facility is doing an amazing job with what they have. They deserve much more support than what they get.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff is super supportive and helpful. I have dropped off injured animals to this organization and they have kept me informed and updated on their status. They also provide a lot of helpful material for the safety of all wildlife.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful! I went on the cruise to Bird Island and loved it

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful non profit that helps a ton. I've used them a few times with stranded birds.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the only sea bird station in area surrounded by water. Great people run it and they do lots of good!

1 Angelo L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for this wonderful place .I would have not been able to save a couple of birds .
They definitely would have died !
Thanks so much for caring and helping !

1 Gaticos

Donor

Rating: 5

Highly dedicated and efficient group. They do so much for our Florida birds!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome people doing wonderful things. It's great to see people like this who truly care for all those beautiful birds.

1 kshimata

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization meets its goals using a smart combination of staff & volunteers. They are specific in their fund-raising requests & accomplish the tasks they solicit for. I am proud to support this group.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

this wonderful organization has been rescuing pelicans and other seabirds or so long.
i am proud to give my time to volunteer as a director of this wonderful organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is an amazing place! They take in injured and sick wildlife, but not just birds - they help other wildlife too. I brought an injured opossum there late one night, and they have cages outside designated for people to leave the injured animal in. You have to fill out a form that they have hanging near the cages. It's wonderful to know they exist because anytime, 365 days a year, 24/7, you can help an injured bird, possum, raccoon, etc, but bringing it to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, where there are trained staff who help, rehabilitate and can medically treat these animals and re-release them into the wild. Thank you for all you do, Seabird Station! Miami Beach loves you.

1 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went for a tour of this wonderful facility this week and got to see the injured birds being rehabbed and fed. The cage are large and clean and the staff and volunteers are enthusiastic and helpful with visitors.
This rescue station is extremely valuable for all injured wildlife in South Florida. There is nothing else quite like it. The last refuge for many injured seabirds and wild animals.

1 Beverly30

Board Member

Rating: 5

Can't think of a better way to have an impact on the natural ecosystem and preserving Natural Florida than supporting Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. Although their focus is Pelicans and seabirds, they provide care to all non-rabies-carrying-species and provide a vital service to Miami.

1 Karen379

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station was my introduction to the wildlife rehab world. Not only do they take excellent care of sick and injured birds, but they do a really good job at educating anyone who comes through their doors about native south Florida wildlife. I have learned so much while there, everyone there is incredibly passionate about what they do.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has helped many birds of every sort as the birds try to survive in a decreasing natural habitat and increasingly difficult conditions. I've brought wounded birds to them, and they arrived quickly when called to collect and save a wounded baby pelican when one washed up on a crowded beach near my home. The staff is always cheerful and helpful and one can feel the level of emotion they invest in every creature they treat and house. When not tending to their tenants, they give a lot of time to educating the local community. I have long been a supporter of the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station and I will continue to support them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

While fishing with my son one day, he noticed a pelican with fishing line wrapped around its neck. I called Pelican Harbor and they were there very quickly. They captured the bird, gently removed he fishing line, fed it a few fish and the bird flew away unharmed. I was impressed with their prompt response and professional manor. Also with how kind and gentle they were towards the injured bird. The world needs more people like this!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderfully hard-working staff rescues and cares for seabirds and other wildlife in distress. Their outreach to the community includes tours of their facility and of Biscayne Bay's rookery islands with the occasional release of rehabilitated birds. Truly a well-run and much needed organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

A fine organization, cost-efficient, helpful, and caring. Volunteers and staff always make visitors feel welcome and go out of their way to let you see their work andto interact with their charges.

1 Louise L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station for two years, and it's the best job I ever had, and I would still be there had I not moved out of state. The small staff relies almost entirely on volunteers, and they know how to treat them. The work they do is unbelievable. It's hard work, and most of it is very unglamorous.

Pelican Harbor is an amazing organization that does a great deal of good for pelicans and other wildlife with very little resources. They also do education. The staff and volunteers have a lot of dedication and creativity.

When you donate to Pelican Harbor, you can be certain that you are supporting a good cause and the resources are used wisely.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome, caring organization.

Injured wildlife rescued from pain and suffering and released back to the wild.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The team at PHSS is amazing. I saw a staff member rescue an injured pelican off the rocks. The poor guy had line wrapped around his wing and couldn't fly. They saved his life.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grateful to have such a dedicated group take care of our seabirds. They do a wonderful job!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grear people doing great work!

Support them. The 89 year old founder Harry is still an active member on their board.

2 Mark196

Donor

Rating: 5

This group performs a vital service for our community: bird and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation with a focus on pelicans. They also provide an important educational resource not available elsewhere in the area. I have been a regular donor to Pelican Harbor for over 15 years. It's amazing what they accomplish with a small staff and facility. They welcome visitors, and when I have guests from out of town it's always on the top of my list of places to visit. If you have a chance, attend one of their sponsored programs and bird watches, or see one of the rehabilitated birds released.

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!