Massachusetts Wildlife Center Rescues 2 Bald Eagles Showing Signs of Starvation, Other Health Issues

Officials at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Eastham, Mass., have taken two sickly, juvenile bald eagles under their wing.
The rehabilitation center — Wild Care — was first contacted last week about an eagle “behaving abnormally” in Harwich, a town in Massachusetts. The Barnstable Patriot, citing Jayne Fowler, a Wildlife Rehabilitation assistant at Wild Care, reports the bird would fly to the ground and “chew on beach towels.”

WHOOs Connecting Art and Wildlife

The creative community joined nature enthusiasts, at a benefit for Wild Care at Addison Art Gallery on June 22nd, and at Wild Care’s “Wild Baby Shower” on June 29th at our facility in Eastham. Events featured “stern owls, and furry babies.” Check it out!
Thank you Lower Cape TV, Johnny Bergmann, and Staff, for this great video!

Wild Care Reunites Sesuit Harbor Osprey Chicks – with Community Support

On Saturday morning, June 29th, Wild Care’s Helpline was flooded with phone calls about an Osprey nest platform that collapsed at Sesuit Harbor East, in Dennis, MA. It was reported that the two chicks were on the ground, and the adult Osprey were frantically circling.

Clusterduck Tales

By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator A group of five tiny American Goldfinch babies were brought to Wild Care the first week of August.  Their nest was found on the ground in Orleans,  where tree trimming had just taken place.  The homeowner called asking for advice, Kate requested they bring the nest in to see … Continue reading Clusterduck Tales

Adventuring out with Nickerson During Molting??

Adventures of a Volunteer! by Amy Sanders August is molting time for eastern screech owls, and poor Nickerson is not immune.  Molting brings about not only the loss of many feathers at once, but also a cranky disposition, which is understandable (I mean, who wants to be seen like this??).  Truthfully, I’m imagining an owl … Continue reading Adventuring out with Nickerson During Molting??

Summer Intern Chronicles: Naomi Tripp from Gordon College

Interning at Wild Care Cape Cod…

How NOT to Handle a Gannet!

I’m a relatively new volunteer at Wild Care, having been there about 2 years. I do a bit of everything, including field rescues for the Outer Cape. During a leisurely lunch with Stephanie Ellis and SaraJane Doberstein, my less gracious rescue experiences came up in conversation. I decided to entertain them with a what-to-definitely-NOT-do-during-a-rescue story, one from very long ago when I was seriously lacking in wildlife smarts. There seemed to be consensus that this might be a fun read for Duck Tales, so here you go: 😉

Thanks to Many Caring People, an Owl is Back in the Wild

Thanks to many caring people, an owl has returned to the wild in Eastham. A tree company employee called to tell us they felled a tree and found a baby owl. They were about to put the branch (with the owl in it), into the wood chipper and fortunately, they noticed it…

Wild Care Treats Young Great Horned Owl for Rat Poison

Wild Care responded to a call about a young owl on the ground at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster. “This is the time of year when young owls are leaving their nests for the first time,” states Wild Care Executive Director, Stephanie Ellis.

Eastern Cottontails – Are they truly orphaned?

Check out Wild Care’s Facebook post with important information for determining if the cottontail rabbits in your yard are truly, “orphaned”…

Red Hawk Down!

A Red-tailed Hawk nest in Barnstable lost a nestling due to an unknown event. The home owners had been watching the interactions of a pair of hawks and their two babies, then the nestling was sighted on the ground after the caller heard a raucous of Blue Jays in the yard…

Wild Care Launches “Trash Your Tackle” Program

Wild Care is excited to announce the launch their new initiative called, “Trash Your Tackle”. In this pilot initiative, five PVC receptacles will be placed at separate locations in the Town of Chatham. The receptacles will serve as repositories for derelict recreational fishing gear – including hooks, lines, and sinkers.

The Orleans Rotary is Not Swan Habitat!

Tis the time of year when swans are nesting and becoming territorial. About 20 swans have spent the winter together peacefully on Town Cove in Orleans. Swans are now dispersing, and establishing their own territories. Some are being attacked by other swans, and can be found wandering into strange places.. like the Orleans rotary.

Unlucky Hawk, and Very Lucky Woodpecker

The doorbell rang at Wild Care, I open the door to find a young woman. She was in a hurry to pick up her brother, but wanted me to know she had just passed two birds on Bridge Rd. One was dead and one was standing beside it. Bridge Road is very close to Wild Care, I hopped into my car to search for them. In my mind I was anticipating two songbirds- a mated pair- with one lifeless on the ground and the other frantically trying to revive it.

Wild Care Welcomes Spring Babies

Spring brings with it many wonderful things, including nature’s newest additions. Staff at Wild Care have their hands full during baby squirrel season as they prepare the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed youngsters to return to the wild.

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’

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Wild Care’s Tree of Memories Keep on Giving to People and Wildlife

On Friday, January 3, Wild Care received 14 trees from Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Cape Cod’s Hospice “Tree of Memories” program. The trees will be used to fill Wild Care’s raptor and songbird aviaries to provide enrichment for recove



16 February, 2020
Galápagos, The Untouched Lands
03 December, 2019
Giving Tuesday 2019
27 November, 2019
Showy Owl at the Snowy Owl


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!