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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Nesting season is in full swing! It is that time of year again, one of my personal favorites, when birds begin to pair up, build nests and have young. We are very fortunate to live in a place where nesting season goes on for many months. Owls like the great horned will pair up and begin nesting as early as January, and some of our songbirds like bluebirds will continue nesting into August! Here are some good tips if you find a nesting bird. Keep a respectful distance. Observing the bird quietly can be a wonderful way to see the habits and interactions the adults have with their young. Be aware that new technology like playbacks of audio bird calls can be disturbing to birds especially during nesting season. If a bird hears the call of its species, it will come away from the nest to find where the call is coming from and to defend its territory. Playbacks can disturb a nesting bird, causing the adult to stray from the nestlings instead of paying closer attention to the young. Lastly, always be aware of the effect that your presence is having on the nesting birds. Even if you're watching quietly from a good distance, be prepared to back away or leave entirely if you sense any degree of agitation from the adults or young. By taking the time to watch birds in their natural surroundings in a respectful way, we can experience the excitement of seeing a nesting season unfold while giving the birds the best chance of nesting success!
Jill Peleuses
Photo by Michelle Frazier