Pelican Harbor Seabird Station Inc.

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


1279 NE 79th Street CausewayMiami, FL 33138 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is Miami’s premier native wildlife hospital evolving into a world-class wildlife rescue, rehab, release, and education center. We are dedicated to improving the lives of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy animals back into the ecosystem, thus enabling future generations. We embody the highest level of patient care, compassion, and integrity while promoting community engagement on the importance of wildlife conservation.


Last year over 2,500 animals were treated in our facility. This included 153 different bird and mammal species, everything from the tiniest warbler to flamingos, tortoises, turtles, oppossums, squirrels, and many others. We specialize in Brown Pelicans and other waterfowl due to our location on Biscayne Bay. The most common injuries treated are related to fishing line and tackle entanglements. Typically, an animal is admitted, given emergency care, and then an individual treatment plan is created. The ultimate goal is to nurse the animal back to health and release it back into the natural environment. Volunteers are essential to achieving this goal by assisting with cleaning, feeding and other vital tasks.

Additionally, we are committed to education and conservation by providing guided tours of our facility and presenting educational programs to schools, churches and other organizations. In addition to volunteer positions in animal care we also have volunteers serving as docents which provide educational tours on site and assist with answering calls on our wildlife hotline. Volunteers also assist at school and community events to educate the public on wildlife related issues.


Would you recommend Pelican Harbor Seabird Station Inc.?
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by Candice C. (July 5, 2017)
I have been a volunteer with Pelican Harbor Seabird Station for 13 years. I remain committed to being a volunteer with them because I witness first hand the difference the caring staff makes in getting injured wildlife rehabilitated & released. Now, more then ever, Wildlife and the environment need our love, support and protection.
by Kristin S. (April 11, 2017)
For anyone who loves interacting with animals Pelican Harbor Searbird Station is the place for you. There is a staff of caring people who are dedicated to making a difference by preserving and protecting native Florida birds and other native wildlife. They are also committed to education by providing tours and participating in educational programs. Everyday provides a rewarding experience.
by judy m. (March 8, 2017)
For anyone who loves animals, volunteering at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is an opportunity to spend time surrounded by all kinds of wonderful creatures, both watching them and helping to make a place for them to get the care they need in order to return to their natural habitats and continue to live the lives they were meant for. It's a rare privilege, and it's fun!
by Nancy H. (February 2, 2017)
Pelican Harbor was created over 25 years ago to deal with a pressing problem in the Miami-Dade County area; a great many seabirds were being wounded with fishing line and hooks, with few options for care. I have been bringing injured birds and possums here for the greater part of that time, and felt, in my retirement, that it was the perfect place to give back. The work is meaningful and interesting. Every day brings a new set of unexpected and rewarding encounters with wildlife and with the people from all walks of life who are committed to helping them. The mission of Pelican Harbor is not only to provide assistance to injured birds and animals, but to educate the public on-site, on-line, and through a variety of venues within the county. I would highly recommend volunteering at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. It is a most rewarding and wonderful way to give back.
by Carla Z. (January 28, 2017)
It is a great place to indirectly interact with wildlife that helps in their recovery for hopeful release back into the wild. The people that volunteer and work there do a great job and are very nice and professional.

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