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.

Time to Get Squirrely!

We filmed this with Lower Cape TV last week, thank you so much for featuring Wild Care and our adorable squirrels!

All Creatures are Welcome by Wild Care’s Stephanie Ellis

Stephanie Ellis cares for animals in distress. It is her nature, as well as her job; she is the executive director at Wild Care.

Wild Care Leader Tapped as Grand Marshal for Eastham Windmill Weekend Parade

Wild Care’s Executive Director, Stephanie Ellis, was chosen as the 2018 Eastham Windmill Weekend Parade Grand Marshal, by the Eastham Windmill Weekend Committee. Full Story…

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. IT’S A PINE WARBLER!

Every Spring, Wild Care dusts off the incubators and prepares for its baby season. The squirrels start arriving, usually in March, although they have been received as early as February. We take care of infant opossums, bunnies, squirrels and occasionally weasels. All of the above are easily identified.

The Brighter Side of a Hawk Rescue

Things aren’t always as bad as they seem. This summer after a call about a downed hawk at a campground in Eastham I was reminded of this…
The report was that a Red-tailed Hawk was on the ground and could not fly. It would run away when people approached, and there was a hawk seen circling above it.

Against the Odds, Barn Swallow Goes Home

I think of growing up and enjoying the sight of a beautiful old farmhouse with a gorgeous gigantic tree, reminding me of “The Waltons” (an old family TV show), bringing me comfort and warm feelings. The house was located in a National Parkland on Cape Cod, I remember it well, and never expected to have any connection to it.

Three Osprey chicks were re-nested in Osterville

Three Osprey chicks were re-nested in Osterville, Monday afternoon July 30th, to a new nest atop an Eversource utility pole at the end of Cockachoisett Lane. Their nest at the intersection of West Bay Road and Bridge Street was damaged by a pole fire Wednesday morning, July 25th.

Conserving the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens

Wild care has a segment in this documentary, thank you for tuning in!

Osprey Chicks Saved after Osterville Pole Fire

A nest on top of a utility pole caught fire Wednesday morning at the corner of Bridge Street and West Bay Road, displacing three osprey chicks, according to Centerville-Osterville Marstons Mills fire Capt. Richard Sargent.

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

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



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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!