2020 was a year like no other! As the COVID 19 pandemic became a reality and our lives began to change. Calmly and cautiously, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (PHSS) began implementing safety protocols including, social distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing, and working from home whenever possible. Management reduced staff hours and took a temporary pay cut to prepare for a reduction in donations.
Although onsite opportunities for the public were not possible, PHSS began to maximize our online presence offering training, classes, and information online through our social media platforms and ZOOM to stay connected with our communities. Our supporters have responded.
As we enter 2021, cautiously optimistic while utilizing best practices to keep our staff and volunteers safe, we are mindful that it is only through the generosity of our donors that we can continue this critical work. Pelican Harbor Seabird Station will be accountable to those who support us and the efficient use of resources entrusted to us.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is at the forefront of efforts in South Florida to reduce risks to native wildlife. Pelican Harbor's environmental education programs, rapid response to orphaned, injured, or sick wildlife, and the rehabilitation and release of patients contribute to maintaining and increasing native wildlife populations.
Our work in this unique natural environment is critical to promoting conservation in the community. Through innovation, education, and outreach, we provide the highest quality of patient care while protecting South Florida's native wildlife for generations to come.
It became evident in recent years that more space is needed to carry out our life-saving work. In January of 2020, Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (PHSS) embarked on an incredible journey by purchasing a 2.6-acre riverfront preserve to serve as our new home. This vast and tranquil site is fourteen times the size of our current location, allowing for the construction of species-specific aviaries and habitats for the diverse patients seen at our facility. This expansion includes a state-of-the-art 7,200 square foot wildlife hospital and education center open to the public daily from 9-5 pm. Additionally, the site will serve as a nature park, Tequesta Indian archaeological preserve, and a manatee viewing center.
The success of PHSS is not limited to the efforts of the board of directors, staff, interns, and volunteers, but also to the community partners and donors like you who step up to prioritize native wildlife in need. Thank you for being an integral part of our community and for investing in our work to rescue, treat, and ultimately save sick, injured, or orphaned native wildlife in need. We appreciate you and all the goodwill your foundation does in the community each year.
Your help is needed more than ever! Thank you!