Please donate today to our SUMMER APPEAL

Please donate today to our SUMMER APPEAL. Your donations are what allows us to do the work we do. Our Clinic has been bustling all summer with baby animals, and the many success stories are only made possible by your support!

Poison Is Never the Answer

Wild Care Executive Director Stephanie Ellis recently sent a letter to the Joint Committee, Environment and Natural Resources in MA urging them to support upcoming local Bills that would regulate the use of dangerous rodenticides in MA.

Save Birds From Window Strikes

Hundreds of millions of birds are killed each year by colliding with windows. You might assume the leading culprit is tall buildings, but in fact our homes account for the greatest number of fatalities.

Happy Spring! Here Come Baby Animals…

The warm weather and longer days will bring us lots of baby rabbits, squirrels and mice, with baby birds not far behind. We’ve put together some simple tips to help avoid displacing baby animals this season and keep them with their mom!

We Will Miss This Sweet Girl

It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Ilean our beloved Mallard Duck. Ilean came to us in 2016 with a deformed leg, and could not be released, but she had nesting instincts and became a mother figure to all of our orphaned springtime ducklings…

Get the Facts about Bird Flu on Cape Cod

Bird Flu has been found on Cape Cod and while it does not pose an immediate health threat to people it does spread easily among wild birds, poultry, and domestic birds…

Our Wonderful Waterbirds – WRAM Newsletter

Get a sneak peek at the Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Association of Massachusetts (WRAM) e-newsletter. Wild Care Executive Director Stephanie Ellis is a WRAM Board Member and writes a quarterly column focusing on “Why Wildlife Matters”. Her most recent column discusses “Our Wonderful Waterbirds” and why they matter…

A Sneak Squeak into the Life of a Mouse Rehabilitator

Many of you may know that I specialize in the care of orphaned White-footed Mice, a native species in Massachusetts. “Why on earth would you rehab mice,” you might ask…?

Ode to Bill the Mouse

Time passes, people pass and animals pass. Sad times at Wild Care – Bill is gone. Bill was a very special mouse who was brought to us about three years ago…

Snowy Owl – Rescue, Rehab, Release!

This magnificent Snowy Owl was rescued in January 2022 in Provincetown, MA by George DeLeon and Roxanne Layton. The bird was being attacked by crows…

Hooray for Volunteers!

A lot has happened in the last few weeks with our volunteers.  We’ve had crazy unexpected changes in the clinic schedule, trained a pile of new folks into clinic and rescue/transport, and I’ve begun to get serious on the Baby Bird schedule…

Sea Ducks on Cape Cod – A Lethal Journey?

Every fall marks the annual arrival of tens of thousands of sea ducks that winter off the shores of Cape Cod. Many of these birds have migrated thousands of miles from their Arctic breeding grounds…

Wild Care’s Executive Director Selected as a Boston Globe “Everyday Hero” 2021.

We are honored to share that our Executive Director, Stephanie Ellis was selected as one of Boston Globe’s “Everyday Heroes 2021”.

Thoughts from a New Volunteer Coordinator

It’s my hope as your Volunteer Coordinator to be very available for open and frequent communications with volunteers. We also hope to step up our training and are planning a field rescuer training in February for new folks, and anyone already doing it who would like to come…

Hummingbird Removal Made Easy

Wild Care received a panicked call from a chef at a Wellfleet Restaurant.

A hummingbird was inside their outer porch eating area. They were opening for dinner in 5 minutes. The bird was unable to find its way out and the restaurant crew was too busy at the moment to continue trying to help it…

A Double Header

For a couple of months, rescues have been very quiet so I’ve added some informational pieces to Duck Tales. This month, however, as is often the case in the summer, things livened up at Wild Care. Not only are the bird and squirrel babies in full swing…

Flight of a Flicker

Our Office Admin Kerry, rushed to Wild Care last week with a bird that had just struck a window at her house. It was a female Northern Flicker. She knew there were babies up in a hollow part of a tree in her yard…

Migratory Bird Treaty Act: What is it, and Why is it Important?

It’s been another quiet month for this volunteer, at least in terms of crazy stories. I did pilot a new talk based on my previously written about stories, fed baby birds, and did quite a bit of communications, but none of these activities make a fun story…

Eastern Box Turtles

Some months as a volunteer are more exciting than others. Alas this month I couldn’t take the only two calls I got for field rescues, and while I’ve done quite a lot of other things for Wild Care, none are really story-worthy.  So I thought I’d shift a bit this month and write about Eastern Box Turtles, a subject I do talks on from time to time…

Wild Baby Shower 2021

You’re Invited To Our Virtual Wild Baby Shower!

Babies are already arriving at our Wild Care Clinic and we need your help!

Organic Resources From Laura Kelley

Here are some great resources from Laura Kelley to keep it organic – for you and for our wild neighbors! and…

An Uncooperative Loon

It’s March 28, and I’m arriving home from a bunch of errands, when I spot the answering machine light blinking. It’s Wild Care, asking if I can get a loon in a driveway in North Truro…

Rehabbers Know a TON of Stuff!!

As most of you know, I’m a volunteer at Wild Care, as a speaker for educational programs, manager of Facebook’s Messenger communications, feeder of orphaned birds and squirrels, and trained field rescuer of injured and orphaned wildlife when called upon. What most of you don’t know is that I’m also often a pain in the neck to the staff.  

Christmas Time Owl

The day before the day before Christmas Eve, Wild Care received a call from a woman who had found a Screech Owl on the road by her house. Her name was
MaryLynn and she was very grateful to have a place to bring the owl.

Tree Of Memories Keep Giving To People And Wildlife

Wild Care received trees used in a holiday fundraiser by the Visiting Nurse Association!

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).

Make a Difference


Please donate today to our SUMMER APPEAL

Please donate today to our SUMMER APPEAL. Your donations are what allows us to do the work we do. Our Clinic has been bustling all summer with baby animals, and the many success stories are only made possible by your support!



28 June, 2023
Orleans Firebirds Baseball Wild Care Night!
14 June, 2023
Eat Locally Sourced and Superbly Prepared Meals, and Help Save Wildlife
18 June, 2023
Rain Date! Wild Care Will Now Host the Baby Shower for Wildlife on Sunday, June 18th in Eastham


Wild Care has a state-of-the-art seabird therapy pool, which allows seabirds and waterfowl to exercise on running water. This will help our bird friends recover more quickly so they can get back to their watery habitats!