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’

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…

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18 July, 2020
Swooping in for Wild Care
13 June, 2020
26th Annual Wild Care Yard Sale – CANCELLED
04 April, 2020
Galapagos – The Untouched Lands (POSTPONED)


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!