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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

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.