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 or state funding.
The Sea Biscuit relies on donations from the Town of Oak Island, 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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All Beak, Feet and Attitude

This fluffy looking 2 week old bird is a Great Horned Owl. Mother owls use nests built by and for other species like ospreys, hawks and even squirrels. This baby fell from a flimsy nest with a sibling in it. On the ground, mom continued to feed it but it was subject to predation. Carolina Beach Park Ranger Carla Edwards cleaned out some maggots in its eyes, fed it bits of chicken and sent it to us temporarily while she looked for the nest. That baby owl ate 4 mice in 24 hours! Once again it's eyes were cleaned out and it was otherwise in perfect health! Very vocal, he'll get moms attention quickly.
The nest was located about 50 feet up in a pine tree. Ranger Carla hoisted the baby up as far as she could. The other baby peered over the edge and mom was in the area watching the operation. The plastic flower pot may not be beautiful but it's lightweight, deep enough to contain the baby and shallow enough so mom can easily feed him.