Our Mission

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured or orphaned brown pelicans, seabirds, and other native wildlife; and the preservation and protection of these species through educational and scientific means.

Vision Statement:

As a trusted wildlife rehab center, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station embodies professionalism, compassion, and integrity. Through innovation, education, and outreach, we provide the highest quality of patient care while promoting the importance of conservation in the community.

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About us

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station was founded in 1980 for the purpose of caring for injured brown pelicans and has grown into an internationally recognized center for seabird rehabilitation.

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We are not a government agency. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity and operate solely on donations. We seek to conserve our area’s wildlife through rehabilitation, education and research.

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is a wildlife rehabilitation facility. Our goal is to heal animals impacted by mankind and return them to their ecosystem. We specialize in brown pelicans and serve the greater Miami metropolitan area.

The Seabird Station began in 1980 with a tool shed and a single aviary. We have grown steadily since then. While we’re still famous for our work with brown pelicans, we have expanded our work to assist all native wildlife. Our facility receives thousands of sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wild animals each year. They range in size from warblers to tortoises.

In recent years we have grown to accept most native wildlife, with an emphasis on native birds. 1,487 patients spanning more than 100 native species were treated in 2017.  Since our inception over 30,000 patients and 300 species of birds have been treated. We provide a variety of services to our community.

Beyond our wildlife rehabilitation program, we help our local communities in other ways. We provide educational programming to local schools. We assist local municipalities and residents with humane resolution of human-wildlife conflicts. We also pair with other organizations and government agencies on research efforts that seek to protect wildlife.

Artistic rendering of new 1,911 square foot facility that is planned to replace our current 950 sq. ft. center.

Artistic rendering of new 1,911 square foot facility that is planned to replace our current 950 sq. ft. center.