Opossum of the Sea

Different species of birds behave so differently as patients. I recently wrote about an American Black Duck being the worst-behaved patient we had ever had, now I’m writing of one of our most well-behaved patients, a black sea duck…

Reuniting Really Reduces Residents!

Wild Care receives hundreds of babies in the spring and summer. We make every effort to keep babies with their parents, especially those who are not truly orphaned. Babies who still have healthy parents but have been separated for one reason or another; often by people who are only trying to help…

Anonymous Donor Makes Huge Impact at Wild Care Cape Cod

One generous donor funded multiple projects at wildlife rehab center…

Loon From Hell

Releasing an animal from Wild Care seems like a simple thing; an animal comes in sick or hurt, we fix it and then we let it go.  Simple?  Not really.   Knowing when to release an animal is not always clear. ..

A Simple Owl Story

One evening after Wild Care closed for the night, a woman found a small owl on the side of the road in Brewster. The owl was not moving, but was alive…

Coyotes Stir Up Controversy Across the Cape

The Outer Cape has no shortage of coyotes, though a recent coyote hunting contest sponsored by a local sporting goods store has stirred up controversy about the presence of these furry neighbors. Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director of Wild Care, offers some insight on the often misunderstood behavior of these curious canines.

Wild Care’s Wild Winter Night a Runaway Success

Wild Care Inc. hosted their largest fundraiser of the year – “WILD WINTER NIGHT” which generated just over $30,000 for Wild Care.

“Wild Care Helps Feathered Friends Brave Winter Chill”

There is no “off-season” for the staff at Wild Care as they continue providing emergency care to wildlife in need from across the Cape. Winter presents many challenges to wildlife and brings different species into the care center.

And the Winner Is… American Black Duck #1856

A wonderful American Black Duck was brought into Wild Care from Chatham. What a poor thing! The rescuer realized something was wrong and turned his vehicle around to help. At that moment, he witnessed…

Owl at Wild Care Cape Cod visits ‘Life With Gwenn’

Nickerson, the Eastern Screech Owl and Wild Care Animal Ambassador visits ‘Life With Gwenn’

Wild Care Marks 25th Year Helping Injured, Sick Animals

Driving up to the quiet, unassuming house at 10 Smith Lane, Eastham, just behind the Route 6 rotary, you wouldn’t guess that more than 1,800 injured, sick, orphaned or otherwise unfortunate wild animals were treated here just in the last year.

Tired Loon Rescued From Icy Eastham Pond

The Eastham Fire Department came to the rescue of an exhausted loon that was stuck in a frozen pond Friday morning, according to Capt. Lisa Albino

Blown Off-Course, Dovekies Find Helping Hands

Wild Care received six dovekies late last week. A sea-faring species, the birds were blown inland due to high northeast winds from a cold front that swept Cape Cod and much of Massachusetts Dec. 17. Two of the birds survived and were released Dec. 20 from a Center for Coastal Studies Research vessel.

Injured Screech Owl Recuperates at Wild Care

A red morph Eastern screech owl survived being struck by a car windshield Saturday night and is in stable condition, according to Kate Diggs, a wildlife rehabilitator at Wild Care Cape Cod. The owl was brought to Wild Care Cape Cod, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Eastham, at around 9:30 a.m.

Piping Plover Finds a New Home for the Holidays at the New England Aquarium

Wild Care Inc. rehabilitated a juvenile Piping Plover this past summer. The bird was evaluated, but was determined not releasable back to the wild due to a compromised wing, and an inability to fly at full range.

Wild Care Celebrates 25 Years of Success Stories

“As Wild Care celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, I feel extremely thankful for the growth we have experienced as an organization, and for the incredible service we provide to wildlife and the community,” states Stephanie Ellis…”

No Mourning This Dove!

Blueberry Netting strikes again…
People discovered a Mourning Dove struggling in netting the week before Halloween and brought it to Wild Care. The animal’s frantic attempts to free itself only made things worse. Its feathers were bent and tattered, the wings were contorted and it was weak with exhaustion…

One Animal at a Time

Many of us have had the experience of a bird crashing into a window of our house, and the almost knee-jerk response to grab a shoe box, go outside, and make sure that it is OK. But what happens when that animal is a 100-pound turtle, a shark, or a whale?

Golden-crowned Kinglet – Little But Fierce

The Golden-crowned Kinglet is a bird I fell in love with as a 6 year old child. I would visit my aunt on the weekends and we would snap together “paint-by-number” models of songbirds; the little Kinglet was one of my favorites.

Eversource Energy Supports Wild Care

Community Impact Grant Provides Support to Animals in Need

Giving Tuesday 2018

You can help Wild Care reach a goal of $4,800 to purchase equipment that provides sterile and organized examination to our patients, and keeps our staff safe while doing so.

Trash Bash 2018

THANK YOU to our AMAZING friends at Nauset Disposal for making Wild Care a recipient of their Trash Bash again this year! Nauset donated $2,000 to Wild Care!

Gulls Are People Too

Within three days of each other, two Herring Gulls were rescued in Orleans – a juvenile from the tip of Nauset inlet Orleans, and an adult from the south side of Nauset’s Outer Beach. Both had similar symptoms…

Bluebirds In A Wood Stove?

She had just spoken to the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary who told her to call us. There were birds in her wood stove, “and two are already dead!” She had been trying to get them out herself but was unsuccessful.

The Mighty Miracle Mouse

A distraught woman appeared at our door holding a bird feeder. A mouse was trapped in between closely spaced bars. It had somehow weaved itself through the tight spaces, and locked its body so it could not move any appendage.

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are open EVERY DAY from
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We are located at the
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Opossum of the Sea

Different species of birds behave so differently as patients. I recently wrote about an American Black Duck being the worst-behaved patient we had ever had, now I'm writing of one of our most well-behaved patients, a black sea duck...



08 June, 2019
25th Annual Wild Care Yard Sale
30 May, 2019
Alberto’s Wine Dinner
25 April, 2019
Woodland Botanical Design Event – CANCELLED


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!