Do You Know?

  • In 2016, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station took in 2553 animals of 153 species, including brown pelicans, seagulls, cormorants, terns, herons and turtles. That’s well over 29,000 animals in our 36 years of operation!

 

  • We’ve driven as far as Charleston, South Carolina, (nearly 600 miles) to pick up pelicans for rehabilitation.  And even once flew a pelican on a plane from Iowa!

 

  • The brown pelican was declared endangered in 1970. Since then, thanks to a ban on DDT and efforts by governments, organizations and individuals, brown pelicans have flourished. In 2009, the United States government officially removed the brown pelican from the Endangered Species List.

 

  • Each year, the Station spends $22,000 on food for its patients.  This includes many kinds of fish, seed, insects and fresh veggies but does not cover the cost of vitamins or dietary supplements.

 

  • Most injured birds at the Station have physical injuries caused by fishing tackle. In recent years, we have removed over 500 objects from our patients, including fishing twine, fish lures, bb pellets, fish bones and a mousetrap.

 

  • We have rescued pelicans from some interesting places, including clothing-optional Haulover Beach (the pelican fit right in), the top of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the Miami International Airport short-term parking lot and the 6th floor pool deck of Canyon Ranch hotel – during a tropical storm!

 

  • We work closely with federal and county enforcement officials. The Miami Dade Fire Department once responded to our call regarding a black crown night heron caught in kite rope between two trees. They cut down one tree to free the bird!

 

  • We regularly receive injured wildlife from local police and fire departments as well as Ocean Rescue and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Service.

 

  • More than 65% of the Station’s $480,000 annual budget is raised through donations.

 

  • The Seabird Station’s work has been documented by film crews from as far away as Japan and England.