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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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. ..
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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…”
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…
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?
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.
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!