A Wild Winter Night In 2021

A Virtual Event & Auction For Wild Care Featuring The Women of Wildlife!
Highlighting the work of 3 incredible women on Cape Cod, and their efforts to preserve wildlife populations.
Join Cynthia Wigren of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Kathy Zagzebski of Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center and formerly of National Marine Life Center &  Priya Patel of Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center • A program of the New England Wildlife Centers, with closing remarks by Wild Care’s Executive Director Stephanie Ellis beginning at 5:30pm on February 13th.
Our virtual auction is open through Monday February 15th at noon to bid on the truly amazing collection of items curated by our committee chair Jan and her wonderful team of volunteers! Start Bidding Here!
Purchase your ticket and a Party in a Pail all to benefit Wild Care’s continuing work!
Meet Our Speakers!

Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director

Mission: To treat injured, ill and orphaned native wildlife for release, to prevent wildlife casualties through public education and live counseling, and to engage the community in conservation through volunteerism.
Stephanie is the Executive Director Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation hospital located in Eastham. Stephanie has an enormous passion for avian rehabilitation, conservation, and research and has worked in this field on both coasts. In CA, she worked as the Executive Director for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and as the Interim Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. She has a special affinity for birds and mice.  She is most at home in her homeland habitat of Massachusetts. In her free time she can be found dancing, and exploring Cape Cod’s natural beauty and wonder.
Fun Fact: Stephanie’s favorite animal is ~ the White-footed Mouse!
Cynthia Wigren, CEO

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy 

Mission: Support scientific research, improve public safety, and educate the community to inspire white shark conservation.

Cynthia holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from University of New Hampshire. She spent twelve years working for online trading companies in the energy industry, with a focus on project management and strategic planning. Cynthia is an avid traveler and a scuba diver with a deep appreciation for wildlife on land and sea. Her underwater experiences with whale sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks, and great white sharks, inspired her to leave the corporate world and establish Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to support shark research and conservation. Cynthia also serves on the Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission.

Fun Fact: Cynthia’s favorite animals are ~ Mountain Gorillas!


Dr. Priya Patel, BVM MRCVS

Medical Director of the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center  •  A Program of the New England Wildlife Centers

Mission: We believe that the more people have the opportunity to experience a connection with animals and the natural world, the more they understand their individual potential to positively impact themselves, our environment, and all living things. We value the vital role animals of all species play in the natural world, the ecology of our community, and in our own personal well-being.  We also believe in the power of kinesthetic learning – or learning by doing – to help people of all ages and backgrounds discover how they can contribute to building and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Our programs and services provide the critical link between animals and people in order to inspire environmental awareness and to provide the skills necessary to make a significant contribution to preserving nature for future generations.

Priya’s passion for wildlife medicine and rehabilitation first started during an undergraduate internship at New England Wildlife Center (NEWC) in 2007. It was that inspiring summer that put her on the path to pursuing a career in this field. Priya graduated from the Royal Veterinary College of London in 2014 and then completed an internship in wildlife medicine and conservation at Tufts Wildlife Clinic. There she developed a specialized interest in avian medicine and surgery. She then returned to NEWC as a part-time vet and now is very excited to work full time at Cape Wildlife Center.

Fun Fact: Priya’s favorite animals are ~ Owls, because they fly like ninjas! 


Kathy Zagzebski, M.E.M.

Former President & Executive Director  National Marine Life Center
• Current Executive Director of Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center.

Mission: The National Marine Life Center rehabilitates and releases stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.

Kathy joined the National Marine Life Center as President and Executive Director in March, 2005.  For the previous seven years, she led the Stranding Department at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where she was responsible for rescue operations along a 600-mile stretch of the California coast.  From 1997 to 1998, she served as Program Manager for the Georgia Coastal Management Program, and helped achieve a federally-approved coastal zone management program for the state.   She is a member of the Society of Marine Mammalogy, the International Sea Turtle Conservation, the American Cetacean Society, the National Marine Educators’ Association, and the Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Association.  An alumna of the Cape Leadership Institute of Cape Cod and the Islands, Kathy also serves on the board of the Bourne Financial Development Corporation, the Cape Cod Technology Council, the Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Association, and the Philanthropy Partners of Cape Cod and the Islands. Additionally, she serves on the Town of Bourne’s Wastewater Advisory Committee, the Main Street Steering Committee, and the advisory committee of the Environmental Technology Program at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.

Fun Fact: Kathy’s favorite animal ~ Too many to choose but I think Sea Turtles!

If you find an animal in
distress, please call us at:


Our helpline and our facility
are open EVERY DAY from
9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
We are located at the
Orleans rotary (on the Eastham side).

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