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 Shearwater Guessing Game
 Cory's Shearwater. Photo by Stephanie Ellis
By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator

Tell us what you need! If the animals could only talk and teach us more. We often ask this of the birds we take into our care, but they never give an immediate answer. When "the usual" patients come into Wild Care, we feel a sense of security. A songbird from a cat's mouth, a flying squirrel fallen from a ceiling vent, an owl hit by a car - are all sadly, familiar situations, where we have protocols in place. We have learned what works well and what doesn't. Sick seabirds are a different story...

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Razorbill Goes Home -
With Some Bling!
Video by Andrea Spence, prior to transport to Wild Care. Turn up the sound for full affect!

By Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director

This Razorbill was brought to us by Andrea Spence, a former intern at the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, who also happens to be a Wild Care Volunteer! When she was leaving NMLC on the evening of 12/28, this little bird startled her when it came out from hiding underneath her car in the parking lot...

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Director's Message

January 22, 2019

Happy New Year everyone! What an amazing year! Wild Care saw 1,835 animals in 2018. A record number, and 119 more animals than 2017. We feel good knowing we were able to provide care to these animals in need, and provide our services to all of Cape Cod!

In 2018, Wild Care...
  • Provided care for 776 orphaned animals displaced from their parents. (41.7% of our patients are babies.)
  • Answered 9,364 phone calls from the community regarding wildlife & more.
  • Utilized over 230 volunteers who contributed > 7,058.75 hrs. (WOW!)

We are excited to launch into 2019 with you, and continue to provide and expand our services for people & for wildlife.

We hope you enjoy this "Year-in-Review". It is a quick snapshot of some of the exciting happenings at Wild Care in 2018, all made possible by your love and support!

Stephanie, Executive Director

Please help us
start 2019 off right.
 Celebrating 25 Years Saving Wildlife!
Release the Dragon!
Spotted Salamander release video
by Executive Director, Stephanie Ellis

By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator

Checking the phone messages at Wild Care is a pretty routine job. You get the phone log out, a pen that works, press *99, close your eyes and listen hard, expecting calls from excited people at windy beaches. You concentrate to decipher all the words - are they saying “hawks” or “fox” as the connection fades in and out. Every now and then you get a message where say to yourself, “What??? Wait a minute! Play that one again...”

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Baby Owl Reunited
with Sibling and Mother
Video by Drew Baldasaro of Bartlett Tree Experts . ***WARNING*** Animal carcasses in the nest!
Our chick is the smaller one. Great Horned Owls have asynchronous hatching, therefore it is not uncommon for the chicks in one nest to be several days apart in age.

On Thursday, May 10th, Wild Care responded to a call about a fluffy-white baby owl down on the ground in Harwich...

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Two to Tango, or This Isn’t Your Territory?
The Red-tailed Hawk receives life-sustaining fluids by Wild Care's caring staff. Wildlife Rehabilitators Niki Walley (L) & Leah Myrbeck.

By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator

Provincetown Animal Control Officer, Ruth Anne Cowing brought us an injured Red-tailed Hawk found on a road in Truro.

The bird had head trauma, from either being hit by a car, or from the impact of hitting the asphalt while hunting on the road. She was also was suffering from rodenticide poisoning. The poor thing was neurologic, emaciated, had blood in her mouth & was too weak to even stand...

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By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator

People love their bluebird boxes! Recently we had a situation in a yard in Eastham involving what had been a successful nest box of Eastern Bluebirds. The people had been watching the happy bluebird family for a couple of weeks, and one day noticed that the mother was missing...

Full story and video.
Baby ROBIN finds a home at Drumlin Farm!

By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator
AMRO #429, a small fledgling American Robin, came to us in May with many challenges – weakness, dehydration, a twisted foot, a wing droop, possible blindness in one eye, and ruptured air sacs – resulting from a probable animal attack...

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It’s a bird. It’s a plane. IT'S A PINE WARBLER!
Photo by Summer 2018 Intern, Emma Starkweather

By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator

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 only tricky part being red and gray squirrels when they are just a few days old. One has white toenails and one has black – (most of the time)...

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Happy to report that this rescued chick was the first of its siblings to test its wings!
Photo by Susan Wellington.

A fledgling osprey chick was disentangled from fishing line and successfully reunited with parents and siblings. Thank you Dennis Animal Control, Officer Harrington, & Dennis Fire Dept.

Wild Care is incredibly grateful to live in a community where local police and fire departments, along with numerous organizations Cape-wide, come together to assist and protect our wildlife.

Full story and photo slideshow.
 The Mighty Miracle Mouse


By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator

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...

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Bluebirds In A Wood Stove?
Photo by Jennifer Taylor

By Jennifer Taylor,
Animal Care Coordinator

This October, we received a phone call from a woman in Wellfleet. 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...

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Piping Plover Finds a Home for the Holidays at New England Aquarium
Photo by Emily Bauernfeind
(New England Aquarium)

Wild Care rehabilitated a juvenile Piping Plover in the summer of 2018. 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...

Full s t ory and photos.
Thank you for a great 2018.
Let's make 2018 even better! Please make a donation today.

About Wild Care

 Since 1994, Wild Care has treated over 27,000 injured, ill and orphaned native wildlife for release back into the wild capable of independent survival, prevented wildlife casualties through public education and counseling, and engaged the community in conservation services through volunteerism.

Wild Care does not charge the public for our services. We accept wildlife regardless of a rescuer's ability to make a donation; and we never compromise quality of care or the dignity of an animal's life for fundraising purposes. At Wild Care, every animal matters .
Thank you for an amazing year, Wild Care Friends! Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care Executive Director