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 short video narrated by Wanda Myles was produced for our 2018 Pelican Party. Aside from highlighting our work and the Bird Key Rookery, it features several prominent volunteers, donors, and staff.
This brief video was created by Jeff Guerra and debuted at our 2017 Pelican Party Gala. It showcases the wide diversity of patients treated at our 39-year old facility that started with a single brown pelican back in 1980.
This purple gallinule is but one of over 110 native wildlife species treated at the Seabird Station each year. Many of the species we treat are subtropical species such as this and are not found outside of the Everglades and south Florida.
PHSS treats over 100 different species each year, including seabirds, songbirds, raptors such as this eastern screech owl. Screech owls are the most ubiquitous of Florida's five native owl species.
Brown pelicans were an endangered species until 2009. More than 8,825 have been treated at our facility since 1980 (included twenty babies from the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill). We are pleased to report that our release rates for pelicans is very high with over 6,620 being released (75% release rate).
More than 48 peregrine falcons have been treated at our center in recent years. These majestic birds of prey can exceed speeds of 200 mph on dives and are common during spring and fall migration.
Fall 2018 Volunteer Photo - Volunteers are the heart and soul of our work at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. Each year, more than sixty volunteers collectively donate over 10,000 hours cleaning aviaries, pools and food dishes for the 1,500 patients that cycle through our center annually.
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation program has been in service since 1980. During the first twenty years, the focus was primarily on the federally endangered brown pelican. Today, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station PHSS treats over 110 native wildlife species annually, with an emphasis on native seabirds and birds. In recent years, an average of 1,500 patients were treated annually. We are open 365 days a year from 9 am to 5 pm and have an emergency ambulance to dispatch for wildlife rescues when needed.
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 Communications Coordinator.
We recently implemented Operation Rescue, a training program designed to teach police, lifeguards, 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.