Mission Statement

The Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter cares for injured or orphaned birds. We provide minimum medical care, safety from predators, food and shelter from the elements. When an animal is able to care for itself, it is released to the wild. We do not keep nonreleasable animals nor use heroic methods to sustain the quality of their life. However, the Shelter does make every effort to rehabilitate an endangered species and every animal brought here is treated with respect and caring.

Support our Shelter


We receive no federal, state or local funding.
The Sea Biscuit relies on donations from individuals and private businesses. To support the rehabilitation of wild birds, field studies and educational programs, reach us by phone 910-278-7871 or email: seabiscuitshelter@yahoo.com
Send mail to 1638 East Beach Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465












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VULTURE AWARENESS DAY


These fascinating birds are often the indicators of environmental issues that potentially affect all of us. We provide medical care for all wild bird populations. But Black and Turkey vultures are often overlooked as sentinel species. Pictured here is "Uncle Fester", whose wing was injured - possibly by gunshot! If you would like to help us help him and other birds of prey, please click on the Paypal button above.


NEW BARRED OWL

Meet Shadow, our newest resident teaching bird  She was hit by a vehicle last November and lost most of her sight. She's quite content to have people admire her while she demonstrates how owl eyes are so big they are unable to move them in their sockets. Owls do not have good peripheral vision. She's been added to our education permit along with Tim the pelican and Scarlet the red tailed hawk. Her first official program was a huge success at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School.where over 300 students were able to see an owl and a pelican up close.

Want to get involved in bird research?

Coastal Plain Conservation Group Tri-County Bird Count
Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick County, NC April 12
th 2014
Coastal Plain Conservation Group is organizing an exciting new community science project to study the habitats that migrating birds are using in the Tri-County area of Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick County. This community science project is designed to engage local bird enthusiasts to provide valuable information about migratory bird use of rural and urban conservation areas. On April 12, 2014 community scientists will survey for birds at sites in Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick County, recording bird species at each site. Participants will collect a list of species for each site visited, recording the greatest number of individuals for each species seen at each site. Greatest number is the most individuals of a species seen or heard at one time. The community scientist/team will then submit their data to CPCG or authorized recipient. Data sheets can be submitted electronically with our online submission form, emailed to a CPCG biologist, mailed to Coastal Plain Conservation Group, or dropped off at Wild Bird and Garden. Contact information may be found at 

NEST STEWARDS NEEDED!!!


The NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Audubon North Carolina are working together to start a volunteer program to benefit the nesting birds on Sunset Beach. Every summer, birds nest on Brunswick County Beaches, and because they are sensitive to disturbance, their nesting areas are roped off with string, signs, and posts. Bird stewards volunteer to help do maintenance on the posting, collect data, and educate beachgoers about nesting birds.
 
We will be kicking off the nesting season with a training session and posting work day on Monday, March 24. We will meet  for 30-45 minutes at 11:00 in the conference room at Town Hall (700 Sunset Blvd. N.) to introduce the birds and the posting, then we will carpool to the east end (Tubbs Inlet) where we will spend about 2 hours setting up the bird posting. Volunteers should come ready to work on the beach and bring water, snacks (we’ll work through the lunch hour), and sun protection. We will wrap up around 2:00. If you have any questions and to RSVP, email Sara Schweitzer (sara.scheweitzer@ncwildlife.org) or Lindsay Addison (laddison@audubon.org).
 

Federal Paperwork

Every year, migratory bird permit holders are required to report to the USFWS on their activity. With just a few days to go, we have had over 315 incoming large wild birds. It is time to file our annual report. There are more than 9 pelicans, 3 owls, a loon, a hawk, an eagle and 3 shorebirds as well as a cattle egret, 2 ring billed gulls and a laughing gull in residence today. All are beautiful and charismatic birds in various stages of recovery. There is still time to use the Paypal button to donate to the cause. There is NO paid staff at the Sea Biscuit Shelter and any donation made is tax deductible.We're very grateful to the donors who have helped provided food and utilities to the shelter.
 
Our Ambassador, Tim, is growing older and is now sprouting adult plumage. He arrived at the shelter in September 2009 from Holden Beach. He does not have full extension of his right wing due to a fishing line injury. The US Fish and Wildlife Service gave us a permit to keep him as an education animal.Tim earns his living by teaching the new pelican patients how to behave, eat dead fish presented and go into the other pen on cold nights. Tim does programs and attends festivals. At 4 years of age, he has had over 50 public appearances and has taught over 30 pelicans how to behave at their hospital. Next year his head will be entirely white as a mature adult. Photo by Gus Grosch

First loon this fall!

Kathie and Nick Brown had hooked this young loon TWICE! The first was in the leg but the line snapped and it took off,. The second snag was on its breast a few days later and it was hauled in at the Ocean Crest Pier. Both hooks were removed and the prognosis is good!
Kathie and Nick are frequent fish donors to Sea Biscuit Shelter and now they have their own rescue to feed!