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            Wild Care's Monthly E-News



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 Marcy's Got New Digs!
by Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director

Last month, we told you about our Marcy. She came to us as an orphaned squirrel with an odd type of genetic disorder - a lot like dwarfism. Marcy went through some rough patches health-wise recently, but we are happy to report that Marcy is doing well!
 
Marcy the Squirrel, by Cristalyn Searles
 
We are grateful for the generous donation of $100 by one of our volunteers, Mary Lee Mantz, to purchase a new Nylabone Kennel for Marcy. Marcy is quite happy in her new spacious, and well-ventilated digs.
 
Check it out! Thank you Mary Lee for your kindness and love of wildlife. 
 
Marcy's new digs! Merry Christmas Marcy.


Turkey's Can Fly!
by Jennifer Taylor
Animal Care Coordinator
 
"I'm Outta Here!" Wild Turkey Release by Leo Seletsky

We had two great releases this month.  "Great" meaning these patients recuperated quickly, and they let us know when they were more than ready to leave Wild Care behind!
 
Wild Turkey #1322 (the 1,322nd animal brought to Wild Care this year) was brought to us from Wellflleet by a woman who knows her neighborhood turkeys well.  This familiar hen began limping and became weaker and weaker.  Others in the flock were beginning to pick on her.  She was dehydrated, emaciated and her fecal showed a harmful load of intestinal parasites.
 
Wild turkeys are VERY HIGH STRESS patients.  Amy Webster, one of our wildlife rehabilitators, placed the turkey into a large dog crate, securely covering it to keep her quiet and feeling safe.  When startled, turkeys Spring UP like a jumping jack and can give themselves a concussion.
 
After fluids, medication and lots of fresh food, she steadily improved and was moved into our large flight  aviary, where she had Christmas trees to hide behind, mirrors to pal up with, and plenty of space to run. Turkey heaven!
 
Wild Care provided a safe haven for her during Thanksgiving, and after eleven days, and the last dose of meds, I drove her up to her own territory in Wellfleet.  My husband was a good sport and came along to document the release with his camera. We found a secluded woodsy area. I set the boxed turkey on the ground.  Leo got into photo position.  I told him, " I think it will hop out and run that way (pointing away toward the overgrowth)".
I was wrong.  It bolted up, smacking the top off the box and flew straight over my husband's head and landed 40 feet high in some tall pines about 100 feet away!
 
She was happy to be home and Leo learned that turkeys can fly. The photo says it all, "I'm outta here!"

Volunteer Spotlight!

W ild Care has over 150 volunteers.
We couldn't do what we do without them! Here's our chance to highlight some outstanding volunteers.This month we're spotlighting volunteer Lianna Montgomery .

Lianna Montgomery holds Ilean, our Ambassador Mallard.
 
Lianna is awesome! She started with us in December of 2014 and has put in over 170 hours since! She helps us to hand-feed squirrels, and helps in the Clinic with dishes, laundry, cleaning crates, animal restraint and more. She has assisted us on animal rescues, and she also supplies us with fish for our patients.  Lianna is  studying Biology at Bridgewater State University.  She has volunteered at the National Marine Life Center, and has interned at IFAW. We are excited that she will be a Wild Care extern next spring!

Thank you Lianna for your passion for wildlife. We just love you. We are so glad to have you at Wild Care! 
Donate today to help us treat injured, orphaned and ill wildlife this winter.
 

Happy Holidays
from all of us at Wild Care!

Director's Message
 
December 13, 2016 

It's getting a little quieter now that winter is rolling in. We currently have 23 animals in our care - ranging from Southern Flying Squirrels that were trapped in an attic in Mashpee, to a Mute Swan with lead-poisoning, found a pond in Falmouth. As the temperatures begin to plummet this week, we are preparing for an influx of seabirds. Persistent cold weather and storms often bring them to our door.

They can always take refuge at Wild Care.

We are here from 9 AM - 5 PM daily, 365 days per year.
We will be here on Christmas and New Year's too. Animals don't take holidays! :)  If you need us, please give us a call. 508-240-2255

From all of us at Wild Care, we hope that you have a wonderful holiday season, filled with merriment and wonderful wildlife encounters!

Sincerely,
Stephanie, Executive Director

 
Check out our Wild Care Holiday PSA!
Wild Care - Happy Holidays 2016! 
 
This video was generously created 
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Wild Winter Night!
Go  wild  this winter at Wild Care's Annual Wild Winter Night!

Date:  March 18, 2017
Time:  5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:  Elks Lodge, 10 McKoy Road, Eastham

Evening festivities include:
  • Silent and live auctions by renowned Auctioneer John of Terrio Auction Knights
  • Live entertainment
  • Tickets include chowder, appetizers, and soft drinks. Additional food and drinks available for purchase
  • Opportunity drawings
  • And so much more!
Mark it on your calendars!  More information to come in early 2017!  Check our website for updates: http://www.wildcarecapecod.org/wild-winter-night!

To purchase advance tickets, call 
 774-353-6203 or email Jennifer Gillette
@ events@wildcarecapecod.org.

Advanced Tickets:  $30
Tickets at the Door:  $35

Event sponsored by Lower Cape Veterinary Services and George's Place Fish Market.
 
Snowy Owl by Shawn P. Carey. 
 A Battle of Two Hawks
by Jennifer Taylor
Animal Care Coordinator

Another great release story is about a Cooper's Hawk that was spotted being attacked by a Red-tailed Hawk at the Truro Elementary School. Needless to say, it was a very exciting day for the children!

Photo by Wild Care Board Member, Julie O'Neil.

When I first heard about it I honestly thought the worst, and pictured the little hawk with crushed bones and irreparable wounds.  But, to my surprise, it arrived healthy, standing on both legs, and instantly flipped itself on its back into defense mode to talon me. This was wonderful!  After the exam the only problem we could find was a small wound in his mouth.  Miraculously it had only been stunned.  It was super stressed after the attack by the Red-tailed Hawk, and after our exam. The bird was immediately put into a soft-sided dog carrier so its feathers would not be damaged, and kept in our barn away from all noise and activity.

The next day it had recovered to the point where we knew it would hurt itself, even inside the soft pen, so we tested its flight in our Elliptical Aviary A-Pen. This is our circular pen that allows for continual flight. It passed the flight test with flying colors, so we opened the doors. This was an adult bird and we knew it would be back in Truro faster than we could drive it, and with much less stress. The birds shot out and landed in a tree.  That was a great release!

 Wild Care

 10 Smith Lane

Eastham, Massachusetts 02642 

info@wildcarecapecod.org

508-240-2255 

 

About Wild Care

 Since 1994, Wild Care has treated 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.