Get to know south Florida's favorite ambassador, the Brown Pelican. On a flyway in the middle of beautiful Biscayne Bay, walk among the pelicans, while watching many other local birds such as herons, osprey, and even frigatebirds. In the winter months you may even catch a glimpse of a baby pelican. For more than 25 years, the Seabird Station has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing sick and injured seabirds, mostly brown pelicans. Visitors can tour the facility and see first-hand how Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is working to protect and preserve South Florida's seabird populations.
Included admission is available to all visitors. The Go Miami Card makes an annual donation to support Pelican Rehabilitation.
Groups of six or more should call ahead to arrange tour times.
Daily, 8:30 am–12:00 pm and 2:00 pm–5:00 pm.
Daily, between noon and 2:00 pm. May be closed major U.S. holidays.
Included admission is free to all visitors; Smart Destinations makes an annual donation to support pelican rehabilitation. Feeding time is normally between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Call on day of visit for exact time.
From I-95: Take the 79th Street exit and continue east for 2 miles over a big drawbridge. Turn left at the first light after the drawbridge - Pelican Harbor Marina, there is a large radio tower on the corner. Then turn right and go through the parking lot past the boat slips to the little building at the end with all the birds. From the beach: From Collins Avenue head west (towards the mainland) on 71st Street. Pass a fountain on your left; continue over a big drawbridge, past BeniHana and Channel 7 on your right. The light just before the 2nd drawbridge is Pelican Harbor Marina. Turn right and follow directions above.
It's good to know there's a place in Miami that will take care of birds in the best possible way with the goal of releasing them back into the wild.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is a non-profit organization and its mission is to "preserve our region's seabird population through wildlife rehabilitation, education and conservation outreach." Founded in 1980, the organization was originally devoted to brown pelicans, but today takes in thousands of injured birds representing dozens of species.
Injured birds can be dropped off at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station 24 hours a day. Don't hesitate to call. Also, you can stop by and take a tour. For more than 6 people you should call in a advance.
More info at www.pelicanharbor.org