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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Frostbite 2013

The first frostbite victims of the new year are starting to arrive.
Usually young, usually fed by humans so they didn't learn to go fishing, our juvenile brown pelicans approach humans for a handout, stay out of the water and get frostbitten pouches and feet. Without the feathers of true winter residents, they experience sore feet so they can't walk well and sore mouths so they don't eat well. This youngster was brought to the shelter by "almost 15" year old Dillon Bernheisel. The pelican, named Tom by his rescuer, is shown getting his mouth washed out with soap (no, he wasn't using bad language.) The front of his lower jaw is clearly discolored with frostbite. He also has a bacterial infection needing antibiotics. Named TOM by his rescuer, he has a good prognosis but it might take a couple of months before he's able to return to the wild.
UPDATE!! Feb 23,,Tom has a completely stitched lower jaw and his feet are still not able to perch or paddle. Another week will tell the final story. Only half of his toes are viable at this time.