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Wildlife Rehabilitation ClinicsInjured Pelican

If you find an injured, sick, or starving shorebird or seabird on the beach, please contact the nearest wildlife rehabilitation clinic as soon as possible.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory provides an up-to-date list of wildlife rehabilitation facilities. Be prepared to provide important details on the condition and location of the bird. For additional contact info, call FWC's Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).

Note: If an injured bird needs immediate attention, handle large species (e.g. pelicans, gannets, cormorants, herons, egrets) with extreme caution and wear protective eye wear.

For more information on what to do if you find a hooked pelican or other waterbird, go to myfwc.com/unhook or see this brochure.

Wildlife rehabbers: Here's a guide on what to do if a shorebird or seabird is brought to your facility.


Rooftop Colonies

Least Terns, Black Skimmers, and other seabirds regularly nest on buildings with gravel rooftops. Relative to a beach, rooftop colonies receive less disturbance from people, pets, and vehicles. However, once the eggs hatch and the chicks are mobile, new hazards arise. Chicks can fall off the edge of the roof or get washed down the gutters. Many chicks reach the ground unscathed, and should be returned to the rooftop as soon as possible. However, if a chick gets injured, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic may be the best option. Learn more about FSA's work with rooftop colonies.


 Dead birds

Please report dead birds on FWC's Wild Bird Mortality Database

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