MARCH 2023

Julia captured the stunning images of the emotional impact wild and domestic animals have on our lives, Priya showed us how a love of animals gave her the determination to secure a job that she loves, Cynthia showed us there is much more to sharks than just what we see in the movies, Sarah showed us how work done right here on Cape Cod can have a global impact, and Jennifer showed us that even the smallest butterfly when given the care it needs, can fly again.

Celebrating our 30th anniversary and the women of wildlife gave us a reason to dress up, but doing what we love to do and making a difference makes us shine every day. It is a privilege and honor to work alongside these extraordinary human beings.

Stephanie Ellis,

Executive Director

Wild Care Executive Director Stephanie Ellis and

featured speaker photographer Julia Cumes

Wild Care Animal Care Coordinator

and featured speaker Jennifer Taylor

Wild Care Animal Rehabilitators

Leah Myrbeck and Rachel Wojciak

Women of Wildlife Celebration was

a Wild Success

Wild Care’s Women of Wildlife was a celebration of the extraordinary work of some amazing Cape Cod women, Wild Care’s 30th anniversary, and Women’s History Month. The West End Restaurant was the perfect setting for this sold-out elegant brunch. Thanks to all of our guests, speakers, sponsors, donors, winning bidders on our accompanying online auction, and our amazing fundraising team, this fundraising event raised more than $17,000 for Wild Care. These funds could not have come at a better time, as we have already started to get our first orphaned animals of the busy spring season. We are so grateful!

Beautiful table centerpieces designed by Carol Wright

Delicious cupcakes donated by Gretchen Sally Dietrich. Cupcakes made by Becky's Bakery

DONATE to Wild Care's Expansion Project

See our Expansion Project Brochure for all the details and naming opportunities

For Naming Opportunities and

questions, email Stephanie.

Updates on Wild Care's Expansion Project

Wild Care will meet with the Eastham Planning Board in April and then we are ready to start our Expansion Project, with an anticipated timeline to break ground in the Fall of 2023. We are excited for the possibilities this new space will bring towards to care given to all of our animal patients. It will serve as a dedicated intake area, a place for the public to learn more about local wildlife when they drop off an animal, and a well-functioning space for cleaning and sanitizing the many necessities used for patient care by Wild Care's staff and volunteers. With the rise in labor and material costs we still need to raise approximately $150,000 to complete the project. Please consider making a donation today. Naming opportunities for the new building are available. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated.

Wild Care Mourns the Loss

of Ilean the Mallard Duck

It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Ilean our beloved Mallard Duck. Ilean came to us in 2016 with a deformed leg, and could not be released, but she had nesting instincts and became a mother figure to all of our orphaned springtime ducklings. She taught them duck behaviors like preening, and gave them a warm place to snuggle up. Ilean was a very special animal, and loved by all of us at Wild Care. We will miss this sweet girl.

PHOTOS Kerry Reid


This beautiful Great Black-backed Gull was hit by a car in Provincetown and rescued by Amy Sanders. The bird suffered from head trauma and exhibited neurological symptoms. It was placed into oxygen, received antibiotics and pain management, and nearly one month later this gorgeous bird was released!

Great Black-backed Gulls are the largest gull in the world. They breed in the northeast, including the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

Wild Care’s Executive Director, Stephanie Ellis recently wrote an article for the Wildlife Rehabilitators' Association of Massachusetts - WRAM newsletter about the value of waterbirds. Gulls are not "rats with wings", they are an important part of our marine ecosystem.

READ Stephanie's article here

LEARN more about

Great Black-backed Gulls

Wild Care’s All About Babies is coming soon!

Get all the facts about

baby animals.

Be sure to watch your email box for a fact-filled resource with everything you’ll need to know about spring-time baby animals and how to help keep them with their moms, and what you can do to help orphaned animals. Remember, being with Mom is best, but if that’s not possible we are here to help.

Wild Care Helpline: 508-240-2255

Wild Care Treats Cooper’s Hawk and Eastern Screech Owl for Suspected Rodenticide Poisoning

You may have seen the recent news from our friends at the Cape Wildlife Center of the loss of a local Bald Eagle named MK after ingesting prey food contaminated with rat poison. Unfortunately this is not an isolated case. Currently Wild Care is caring for an Eastern Screech Owl, and just successfully rehabilitated a Cooper's hawk (seen here), both showing signs of rodenticide poisoning. The use of these poisons kills the many animals that rely on mice for survival. These animals are the best natural form of rodent control there is.

Please make some noise and contact our Federal Senators (MA - Warren and Markey) as well as your local Congressional Representatives and propose a ban on these harmful chemicals. Letters to editors of local and national news publications are also a worthwhile effort.

When choosing a way to keep unwanted wildlife from nesting in your home, there are many preventative actions you can take and alternatives to poisons. Be sure to ask questions before using a pest control company.

GET some great information on ways to keep rodents away

without using poison and other harmful methods here.

Raptors are the Solution has put together an extensive toolkit

for anyone looking to become an effective advocate to reduce rat poison

use in their community and prevent harm to children, pets, and wildlife.

WATCH Wild Care’s Executive Director

talk about the effects of rodenticide use

Check out our Amazon and Chewy WISH LISTS and donate much
needed supplies to help the animals being cared for at Wild Care.

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