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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Native Species of Birds treated by the Seabird Station (click to expand)
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
American Coot Fulica americana
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Audubon’s Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma castro
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Barred Owl Strix varia
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis
Black Scoter Melanitta americana
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
Black-whiskered Vireo Vireo altiloquus
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Chuck-will’s-widow Antrostomus carolinensis
Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
Common Loon Gavia immer
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris borealis
Domestic Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
Finch Species (exotic) Fringillidae species
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
Flammulated Owl Psiloscops flammeolus
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Gray Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
King Rail Rallus elegans
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Least Tern Sternula antillarum
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Limpkin Aramus guarauna
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra
Merlin Falco columbarius
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Northern Parula Setophaga americana
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Pheasant species Phasianidae species
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
Plover species Charadriidae species
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus
Purple Martin Progne subis
Quail-dove species Geotrygon species
Razorbill Alca torda
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
Red-footed Booby Sula sula
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Sanderling Calidris alba
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus
Sora Porzana carolina
South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Swainson’s Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii
Thick-Billed Murre Uria lomvia
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Vireo species Vireo species
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Warbler species Parulidae species
White Ibis Eudocimus albus
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala
White-Tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
Wood Stork Mycteria americana
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Nyctanassa violacea
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica


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.