The Issue: Injured Seabirds Need Urgent Medical Care
The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, a wildlife-rehabilitation center, receives hundreds of injured pelicans from nearby Biscayne Bay each year. When seabirds become entangled in fishing tackle, they often struggle to free themselves with little success. Many go unnoticed and eventually succumb to their injuries. The birds that are found, however, are in need urgent medical attention and care.
The Campaign: Wildlife-Rescue Trip for Injured Seabirds
If this Grassroots campaign raises $55, then Pelican Harbor Seabird Station can conduct a wildlife-rescue trip to recover injured seabirds. The seabird-station team conducts thorough searches of the 35-mile stretch of Biscayne Bay in search of injured brown pelicans and seabirds trapped in fishing tackle. By rescuing the pelicans and seabirds as soon as possible, the seabird station can prevent serious injury or death from entanglement. In 2011, 87% of the rescued pelicans were returned to the wild. The rescue trips will also increase public awareness about the problem and engage community support in rescuing injured birds. Every additional $55 raised will cover the cost of another trip.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
In 1980, Harry and Darlene Kelton moved their houseboat to the Pelican Harbor Marina and discovered an injured brown pelican. Without the aid of animal-care experience, they removed a fishhook from his mouth and rehabilitated him. This led them to form the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in their shed. With the help of volunteers and trained staff, the seabird station rescues, treats, and rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife, and promotes their preservation with educational programs and research efforts. The center specializes in brown pelicans, most of which are entangled in fishing tackle, but will treat any animal brought in for care. In 2007, they treated 87 bird species and 39 mammals, nonmigratory birds, reptiles, and amphibians.