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.
This four-minute video was created by Jeff Guerra and debuted at our annual Pelican Party Gala. It showcases the wide diversity of patients treated at our 37-year old facility that started with a single brown pelican back in 1980.
Video of a black skimmer being released back into the wild at Sunny Isles Beach.
Past Rescue and Release Coordinator, Doug Giraldo, releasing a rare Caspian tern at Pelican Harbor Marina.
PHSS treats over 100 different species each year, including seabirds, songbirds, raptors and other migrants, such as this adult male prothonotary warbler.
Our animal care staff assessing an osprey.
Being located in Miami, we receive a large array of birds from the Greater Everglades area like this roseate spoonbill.
Interns Doug and Oshi administering subcutaneous fluids to a great blue heron.We have a competitive and respected internship program that brings pre-vet students to us from around the nation.
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation program serves Miami-Dade County, an area spanning 1,946 square miles with a population of 2.7 million people and growing. PHSS treated a record breaking 2,553 animals in 2016.
One of our goals in 2018 is to increase the rescue portion of our program. The growing volume of injured wildlife, combined with our limited assistance capabilities has created an unexpected challenge for our rehabilitation program. PHSS frequently encounters animals, especially seabirds that have been severely injured by well-meaning people who attempt to remove fishing line and tackle or otherwise treat injuries themselves in the field.
Many of the secondary injuries could be avoided if PHSS was able to provide regular rescue and transport in the field both on the road and on the water.
Education & Outreach
PHSS provides age specific presentations regarding wildlife and conservation issues to schools and civic organizations and on site tours are provided free of charge. Programs were delivered to more than 7,900 students and residents in 2016 and this number has increased to over 10,000 in 2017 with the addition of our new Education and Outreach Coordinator.
We recently implemented Operation Rescue, a training program designed to teach police, life guards, code compliance officers and others who spend their day out in the field how to determine if a wild animal is injured and if so how to safely capture, contain and transport injured wildlife to the nearest rehabilitation facility. Each graduate receives a plastic folding pet carrier to store in their work vehicle. The time lapse between injury and treatment is one of the major determining factors in the animal's ability to recover and be released. Through Operation Rescue, we hope to expand our network, reaching more sick and injured wildlife, and reducing the time between injury and treatment to provide each animal the best possible chance for recovery.