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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Every year, we are happy to admit at least 50 brown pelicans! They come in waves. The first group is fledges from our southeastern rookery in the Cape Fear region. These new guys aren’t quite sure how to catch their own fish and often get tangled in fishing nets or hooks and lines. The injuries are easy to repair and they are underway again in a month or two. The second wave is often more difficult to treat. These youngsters ignore the instinct to migrate as the days get shorter and the water gets cooler. When the fishermen quit giving them handouts and the shrimpers aren’t pushing their bycatch overboard, the youngsters grow hungry and aggressive. Many freeze on the docks and piers, not knowing that they’d be better off in the salt water. Frostbite can be lethal.