Not many of us think about it until we have an experience of our own to recall. It may be an injured seagull on the beach or a pelican at the pier seen with a tangle of fishing line wrapped around its neck. Who do you call? Personally, you know you aren’t equipped to provide for this wild creature in its hour of need by any means!
Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter of nearby Oak Island crusades for those unfortunate wild birds that may become injured or orphaned in our region of the Coastal Carolinas. Because of the lush environment, birds abound here. Unfortunately, it is a constant fact that they are subject to peril. From storks, seagulls, kingfishers, pelicans, egrets, herons, sandpipers, ducks and loons, the list is endless! Raptors such as owls, hawks, kestrels, osprey and even bald eagles make this their home. Migratory paths span the east coast and include a large variety of birds from Canada geese to songbirds. Needless to say, with all this flight in motion there are bound to be incidents. Clashes with civilization and even the weather can lead to certain catastrophe.
Mary Ellen Rogers, the founder and operator of the shelter, moved to North Carolina in 2003. It soon became apparent to her that there were no local sources of rehabilitation or veterinary assistance for the shorebirds. Since her arrival on the scene, she has changed the lives of countless birds in jeopardy. Contributors and volunteers who share Mary Ellen’s concerns are making a huge difference for our NC wildlife.
The shelter was started in 2007. Mary Ellen has devoted heart and soul to this avian recovery venture. Designating a large portion of her island cottage named “Sea Biscuit”, she has provided urgent care for the hapless. With ongoing improvements to the cause, temporary habitats are created to aid in various stages of the rehabilitation process for all different types of birds. Treacherous encounters include birds that have been caught in nets, shark bitten, shot at, impaled with fishhooks and even frostbitten. Thanks to a foundation like Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter in the wings, there is now hope on the horizon.
For more information how anyone with interest in our NC wildlife can help, click here.