Dovekie Dilemmas

When winter winds are blowing, that’s when we know Dovekies will be soon arriving at Wild Care’s door.

You may have seen stories about them in the paper when we receive large numbers of them and try to get them back out to the open ocean…

Huh?? A Most Confusing Rescue!

So, it’s a rainy, windy, nasty day in early December when I get a call from Wild Care. I pick up the phone, say “hello” and hear Jen’s voice saying “there’s a potential rescue”. “Aw, come on!” I say, “Who the heck is out in this weather to even see an animal!?”


Eastern Gray Squirrels typically have two litters per year, in March and August, sometimes three! We have received neonatal Eastern Gray Squirrels at Wild Care as early as Feb. 10th one year, though most of our squirrel babies from the first litter of the year arrive in March. PLEASE HELP US TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF Continue Reading

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 recovering sick and injured wildlife.

THANK YOU Eversource!

Wild Care was awarded Eversource Energy Community Impact Grant of $1,500!

Giving Tuesday 2019

Wild Care raises $9,050 on Giving Tuesday! THANK YOU!!

Rodenticide: Some Squirrels Survived

Last week I received an email thanking me for Wild Care’s help almost a year ago. It is a wonderful feeling to successfully guide people through a crisis. A woman named Helen had called Wild Care last January. She was distraught and very concerned about the squirrels who were acting sick in her yard.

The Occasional ‘Wild’ of Rescuing

I took a long walk on Nauset Beach in Eastham and the surf was roaring as a result of a heavy storm off
shore. Seagulls were dodging the wave crests, diving for snacks, and a variety of them were wandering around
the rack line in search of edible treats.

“Touring Wild Care & the Trash Your Tackle Program”

My Fishing Cape Cod had the wonderful opportunity this year to tour Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation center less than a few miles from the Goose Hummock in Orleans.

Great Blue Heron RELEASED!

RELEASED! This Great Blue Heron was rescued by a man named Chopper, at Wellfleet Harbor. Chopper spotted the bird on a recreational fishing vessel whose owners had left two fully-rigged and baited rods in their deck stands. The heron was tangled in both lines, and the lure was part of the bait. Our wonderful Volunteer Continue Reading

Monarch Butterfly Wing Replacement a Complete Success

Polly Marmaduke of Truro discovered a Monarch Butterfly was not flying – upon further investigation she discovered the wing was torn. She brought the butterfly to Wild Care, not one of our typical patients, but we are always up for a challenge…

Wild Care’s “Trash Your Tackle” Initiative is Under Way

Wild Care is excited to announce the official launch of their initiative called, “Trash Your Tackle”.

“Perhaps not my Best, but…”

This month? A story about how even trained Wild Care volunteers sometimes have difficulty on gannet calls (I think rehabbers always do great!).

Turkey Vulture #1149- Gross but Awesome!

Turkey Vultures are commonly seen on Cape Cod from spring through fall.

Rehab Complete, Two Bald Eagles Soar Back Into Wild

About 25 people gathered to watch the release of two young bald eagles Friday, August 30th at Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sharing details of the eagles’ spring arrival on the Cape…

Not Much is Sillier Than Feeding Young Chimney Swifts!

Adventures of a Volunteer – by Amy Sanders   Chimney swifts are an amazingly complex, yet endangered species of migratory birds (federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916).  In fact, I was stunned to learn that while they nest here (eastern North America) in the winter, then these tiny birds migrate all Continue Reading

Wild Care in July

Wild Care Intern Kat has created another AWESOME video detailing her time at Wild Care. From “Reptiles With At and Kat” ENJOY “Wild Care in July”.

Photo Gallery: Two Bald Eagles Released in Cummaquid

Photo Gallery, Pair of young eagles released at the Audubon Long Pasture Sanctuary after being rehabilitated at Wildcare in Eastham.

Osprey Chick is returned to its Nest at Monomoy Middle School

We are truly grateful to Chatham Fire Department and Eversource MA for assisting us with getting an Osprey chick back into its nest at Monomoy Middle School. The chick had been displaced from its nest by the tornadoes. Watch the video.

Two Bald Eagles Recover at Wild Care

Two Bald Eagles Recover at Wild Care. Video by Cape Cod Times.

Tornado Osprey – Reunited at Bud’s Go-Karts, Harwich

On Tuesday, July 23rd, Wild Care Staff rescued 2 Osprey chicks from Bud’s Go-Karts in Harwich. They were blown from their nest during the tornadoes…

Tornado Osprey – Reunited at Monomoy Middle School, Chatham

On July 24th, Wild Care retrieved an Osprey chick that was blown from its nest at the Monomoy Middle School in Chatham during the storm…

Tornado Osprey – Reunited in Dennis Rt. 28

On July 23rd, Wild Care Volunteer Carl Jacobs rescued two Osprey chicks whose nest had fallen in W. Dennis, outside of Three Fins Coffee Roasters…

Tornado Osprey – Reunited at Harding’s Beach Chatham

On Friday, July 26th, Wild Care Volunteers repaired the fallen Osprey nest platform at Harding’s Beach, Chatham. The chicks…

Baby Red-Tail Recovery

In late July, we received a call about a fledgling Red-Tailed Hawk located in South Yarmouth. It was observed alone, and apparently was not being cared for by its parents. Our staff member, Jayne Fowler, was available to check out the situation. She found the bird to be weak and compromised, so she brought it in. It was very young, still with pin feathers growing in like porcupine quills.

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).

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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 call



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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!