PHOTO ABOVE: Connecticut Warbler currently being treated at Wild Care after a window strike.

Fall Migration has Begun

Bird migration signals the end of summer. September is always a race against time for us to make sure our migratory avian patients are conditioned, and ready for release in time to head south. Bird window strikes can occur during this change of season, so please take precautions to prevent them so birds can make a safe journey back to their winter homes. Check out the link below for tips on how to keep your windows bird safe.

No matter the season, no matter

the storm - we are here for them,

thanks to YOUR support.


Stephanie Ellis

Executive Director

LEARN how to keep your windows safe from bird stirkes

with this detailed guide from American Bird Conservancy

Juvenile Common Tern Tangled in Fishing Line - Released

This beautiful juvenile Common Tern was brought to us by Jody Craven on August 18th from Wellfleet. It had a type of fishing string wrapped around one of its wings. The bird was thin and weak, and spent several weeks at Wild Care gaining weight, strength, and learning to hunt. The bird was released on Nauset Outer Beach at a location where thousands of terns have been staging, preparing for their southbound migration. It is the time of the season for terns to begin their long journey south. After flying from its crate, the tern communicated with others before landing on a sandbar with hundreds of other terns. It was a moving release.

This release was sponsored by Inez Giles, in loving memory of her spouse, Seth Hudak. This heartfelt donation, continued the circle of life for an animal in need. 

Please #trashyourtackle properly. Derelict recreational fishing gear is deadly to wildlife. When fishing, fish responsibly. Carry a box, heavy gloves, goggles and scissors in your vehicle. If you hook a gull or other bird. Don't cut the line! Reel the bird in, place it into a box, cut the line once the bird is secured, and then contact a wildlife rehabilitator. You could save a life.

WATCH the release of the juvenile Common Tern

LEARN more about Common Terns

Be on the Lookout for Turtle Hatchlings

Living on Cape Cod the chances are good that you may be living near a fresh-water pond or salt marsh where turtles are nesting. This time of year it is extremely likely to find turtle hatchlings emerging from their nests. Please be sure to take an extra look around your yard before starting any lawn-mowing and tilling. Wild Care strongly urges people not to keep hatchlings as pets, and never to place a hatchling directly into water. Many hatchling aquatic turtles spend weeks under leaf litter before heading to water. Late hatchlings may stay in the earth to re-emerge next spring.

Please call Wild Care at 508-240-2255 before handling hatchlings,

or for any concerns regarding turtles. Photo: Diamondback Terrapin.

LEARN MORE about turtle species in Massachusetts

Mark your Calendar for this Special Wild Care Event and Showing of Alfred Hitchock's The Birds at the Cape Cinema

Join Wild Care on Thursday, October 20th for a very special showing of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds at the Cape Cinema in Dennis. Executive Director Stephanie Ellis will share some interesting information about the film's location and the migration that inspired the movie. There will be a fun photo op, special merchandise available, and a opportunity drawing filled with exciting bird themed items. You won't want to miss this Wild Care fundraising event! Tickets will be on sale soon on the Cape Cinema website.

Seating is limited. Purchase your tickets here.

Nauset Disposal’s Trash Bash Planned for October 21

will benefit local non-profits including Wild Care

Nauset Disposal is hosting its annual Trash Bash, on Friday, October 21. 100% of the proceeds generated at Trash Bash will go to seven local nonprofit organizations including Wild Care. Trash Bash features live music with the Grab Brothers and DJ Trev, with dinner donated by several local restaurants, beer and wine, door prizes and more. Admission is $50.00 per person. Pre-registration can be done online at Admission includes food and drink tickets, as well as an opportunity to win one of several door prizes. For more information, visit or email Kara Boulé.

We had a Hoot at

Lydia Leclair's Gallery

in Harwich Port

Thank you to everyone that came out to  Lydia Leclair Photography in Harwich Port to meet Nickerson our Educational Eastern Screech Owl. Lydia is a sponsor of Nickerson's care in 2022. Thank you, Lydia for your kindness and your love of animals.

For more information on

sponsoring a Wild Care

Animal Ambassador

Harwich Antique Center Invites you to Carve or Decorate a Pumpkin

and Help Wild Care

Bring a carved or decorated pumpkin to Harwich Antique Center from October 14-26th. If your pumpkin sells, they will give 60% to Wild Care, 30% to you, and 10% to Harwich Antique Center. It's a great way to have fun, celebrate the fall season, and help the animal patients at Wild Care. Contact Harwich Antiques Center for more information.

12th Annual Wildlife Festival

brought fun and education

about Cape Cod's Wildlife

There was lots of fun for all ages at the 12th Annual Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative’s Wildlife Festival. The Wild Care table had rescue boxes and "Kindness Socks" to decorate, and temporary tattoos! Over 750 people came out to learn more about wildlife, meet some amazing animal ambassadors, listen to live music, and take in the view from Long Pasture Wildlife Santuary. Thanks to all who came by for this beautiful day!

LEARN MORE about the amazing organizations

that make up the

Wildlife Collaborative

PHOTOS Kerry Reid

We can still use your help. Please Consider Donating to our Summer Appeal and Help us Care for Cape Cod's Wildlife.

Our Clinic has been bustling with baby animals, as expected for this time of year. What we did not anticipate was the unfortunate presence of Avian Influenza. Despite the “Bird Flu”, we’ve had some incredible success stories this season. These stories are a great reminder of Wild Care’s perseverance, and dedication to the cause – giving wildlife a second chance.



For a unique and meaningful way to mark an occasion, celebrate someone special, important milestone, or honor the memory of a loved one, consider sponsoring the release of a rescued animal. Your gift helps provide care for wildlife here on Cape Cod. You will receive a digital photo of the rescued animal, and video of their return to the wild.

Email Stephanie for more information

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

Help Wildlife While You Shop on Amazon

Go to and choose Wild Care Cape Cod as your charity. Get the same great items at the same prices, and with each purchase Wild Care receives a donation at no additional cost to you. Thanks to you, Wild Care has received $4,853.91 from Amazon Smile since 2014. Thanks for shopping with a Smile and selecting Wild Care!

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