Save Our Seabirds, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We have moved our operations to the old Pelican Man facilities in Sarasota, Florida. SOS is a highly respected bird rescue group with statewide recognition.

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1708 Ken Thompson Parkway , Sarasota , Florida 34236 USA

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Health and Safety - Pest Control
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Nationally (across the country)

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Save Our Seabirds is located next to Mote Marine Aquarium at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida, 34236. Our Wild Bird Learning Center is open to the public every day from 10 to 5.

Our family-friendly admission is $10 for Adults, $6 for Children aged 4 to 12.

Show your current day ticket to Mote and get half off admission!

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured wild birds while educating our community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats. Birds that are unable to be returned to the wild are given permanent homes in our Wild Bird Learning Center.

We house over 150 birds in our beautiful three-acre Wild Bird Learning Center, which is essentially an outdoor museum with live displays and educational signage.

Our goal is to establish a lasting, world class rehabilitation, education, and research organization that will continue to fulfill our mission for generations to come.


Save Our Seabirds is the ONLY organization in Southwest Florida that:

  • Focuses on caring for Wild Birds
  • Rescues Injured Birds in Four Counties
  • Has a Fully-functioning Avian Clinic
  • Provides Permanent Homes for Non-releasable Birds
  • Is Open to the Public Every Day
  • Offers Fully Accredited Field Trips for School Children
  • Offers College Internships
  • Offers Summer Camps

Save our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center is a non-profit wildlife conservation and education organization located on the former site of The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary on City Island in Sarasota, Florida. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured birds, and to educate the public about nature and environmental sustainability. Birds that have been rescued but are unable to be returned to the wild are given permanent homes in our Wild Bird Learning Center.

Bird rescues began at this location in 1981, when the sanctuary was established by Dale Shields, a.k.a., “The Pelican Man.”  It grew to become one of the largest wildlife rescues in the state of Florida, with approximately 5,000 animals rescued every year and over 200 permanent bird residents.

After Mr. Shields passed away in 2003, the rescue center continued to rehabilitate wildlife, but eventually closed down in 2006 due to a lack of funding.  The facilities were abandoned and soon fell into severe disrepair.

Thanks to the support of a very generous benefactor, Save Our Seabirds was able to transfer to this location in 2008.  Since then, Save Our Seabirds has made tremendous progress repairing and expanding the facilities, adding educational programs, and greatly improving standards of bird care.

Future goals include expanding and enhancing the bird enclosures and the rehabilitation facilities, upgrading the hospital to full veterinary capabilities, adding a modern visitor center, and continuing to make advancements in education throughout the facility.

Shown below are before and after photos of some of the improvements that we have made just since early 2013.