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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

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

1

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.

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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.