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Director's Message
October 16, 2019
Wild Care Friends

Happy Fall! We cannot believe it is already October. We have over 60 patients in our care, including two baby pigeons (story below), almost 30 orphaned squirrels, orphaned mice, and four Northern Gannets blown in with the recent storm.

In other happenings, Wild Care's "Trash Your Tackle" is underway with all 5 receptacles installed throughout locations in Chatham. YEAH! This initiative seeks to reduce fishing-debris related impacts on wildlife. Check out the story and
1-minute informational video below.

Speaking of tackle - this Great Blue Heron flew across the lines of two baited fishing rods in Wellfleet. Luckily for this bird, there was a bystander who quickly came to its rescue. The bird suffered minor soft-tissue injuries to one wing due to the hook, and was released after a few days of rehabilitation at Wild Care. A success story. Full story and photos here .

Remember to #TrashYourTackle and #MindYourLine.
Wildlife will thank you for it!
 
Sincerely, Executive Director, Stephanie ~
Please consider making a Donation today, and help us to help animals like this
Great Blue Heron!
Photo by Kerry Reid.
Thank You, for your donation!
A Storm Trooper. An immature, Northern Gannet, blown in with the recent storm. What a spectacular looking bird! Photo by Kerry Reid.
The most recent Nor' Easter spanned a period of 4 days on Cape Cod, and brought with it several debilitated Northern Gannets. We currently have 4 gannets in our care.
We need your help!

Gannets require intensive care including hydration tubings, nutritional slurries, fresh fish and swim time and conditioning.

Please consider a donation TODAY towards the care of our gannets so we can get these glorious seabirds back out on the sea. Every dollar helps!
My Fishing Cape Cod: "Touring Wild Care &
the Trash Your Tackle Program"
Ryan Collins of My Fishing Cape Cod, is greeted by one of Wild Care's baby pigeons.
Article written by Lauren Collins,
of My Fishing Cape Cod, 10/14/19.

I had the wonderful opportunity this year to tour Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation center less than a few miles from the Goose Hummock in Orleans. It was great to meet the staff, see the facility, and learn about the countless hours and dedication they put into helping the wildlife on Cape Cod. 


Monarch Butterfly Wing Replacement a Success
By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator
Polly Marmaduke of Truro discovered a Monarch Butterfly was not flying – upon further investigation she discovered the wing was torn. She brought the butterfly to Wild Care, not one of our typical patients, but we are always up for a challenge…


Wild Care’s “Trash Your Tackle” Initiative
is Underway in Chatham!
A Wild Care "Trash Your Tackle" receptacle at Harding's Beach, Chatham.
View our 1-minute informational video by Garvey Communication Associates Inc.
Wild Care is excited to announce the official launch of their initiative called, “Trash Your Tackle”. In this pilot initiative, five PVC receptacles have been installed at four separate locations in the Town of Chatham. Locations include the Mitchell River Bridge, Hardings Beach, Barn Hill Road Town Landing, and Strong Island Road Town Landing. Full Story
Thank you to Garvey Communication Associates Inc. for creating our gorgeous informational video about Wild Care's "Trash Your Tackle" initiative. We currently have 5 receptacles installed in Chatham. Enjoy this one minute video!

Trash Your Tackle sponsors:

Read more about Trash Your Tackle.
Have You Ever Seen a Baby Pigeon?


Baby pigeons at Wild Care - before and after. Baby pigeons grow like weeds!
Photos by Kerry Reid.



By Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director
On August 28th, two baby Rock Pigeons, also referred to as "Squab", were brought to us from Marshfield. A woman had found their nest on the ground, and it had been destroyed. "The babies were 60 gram yellow fluffballs, and very needy eating machines," states Wild Care's Animal Care Coordinator, Jennifer Taylor. Wild Care staff hand-fed the birds several times per day utilizing makeshift bibs, and feeding utensils. The squab quickly grew into sleek-looking juvenile pigeons.

Most people don't get to see baby pigeons. They nest in difficult to reach places, like building ledges, and under bridges. Places similar to their native, rocky and cliff-like homes in Europe. Once they leave the nest, they already have an adult-like appearance, with juveniles only being recognized by a well -trained eye.

Pigeons are intelligent creatures. The young can habituate to people very easily. Despite attempts by staff to keep the pigeons "wild", they were exhibiting abnormally friendly behavior. (See the photo of Josh Collins above!) Fortunately for us, Wild Care has another adult pigeon in our care. The young birds were placed in one of Wild Care's aviary's with the adult pigeon two weeks ago. The adult pigeon taught them the ropes, and the babies are now ignoring us, and will be ready for release very soon!
For the month of October , every time a reusable $2.50 Community Bag is sold at the Stop & Shop store located at 24 Route 6A, Orleans MA, Wild Care will receive a $1 donation .
TRASH BASH THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th!! GET YOUR TICKETS !!
Start your holiday shopping early and support Wild Care. Saturday, October 19th 10–5 PM Shop at Green Road Refill , By-the-Bay Designs , Village Toy Store , the Village Gift Store   or Woodworks Gallery from 10AM and 5PM. On Saturday, October 19th, 10% of all proceeds go to Wild Care! Stop by Wild Care’s informational table 12-2 PM, and meet one of Wild Care's educational Eastern Screech Owls.
Lemon Tree Shops is located at 1069 Rt. 6A in Brewster.
Visit LemonTreeVillageShops.com to learn more! 
A gracious THANK YOU to participating shops, from Wild Care!
Art Due by October 25th
Eastham Public Library Art Committee invites you to participate in a fundraising event to benefit the work done by Wild Care. We will hope to display approximately 250+ 5 x 7 Cape Cod nature and wildlife themed images in the large Turner Gallery at the Library for the month of November, culminating in an ART SCRAMBLE on November 30, 2019. Each image will be an original - oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic or collage – whatever medium the artists choose.
Also, you can create a one-of-a-kind Birdhouse. Build your own or from a kit. They can be decorative or functional. Let your imagination run WILD!
All paintings will be priced at $75 with 100% of the proceeds going to Wild Care.
How to participate:

You may pick up your 5 x 7 canvas or multimedia panels at the Eastham Public Library after August 27th. Sign in at the Library or use your own surfaces. REMEMBER ONLY SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE BACK!

Contact eplartcomm@gmail.com for more info.
Create your original art or Birdhouses and return them to the E.P. Library by
October 25th, 2019 please.
Front Street 5-Course Wine & Food Pairing
Paint Night
Paint Night RAISED $769 for Wild Care. Thank you to Karoo and everyone who came out to enjoy Paint Night with us. What a great night of art, food, owls and fun! A special thank you to our art instructor, Anastaci Paccelo of The Cordial Eye Gallery and Artist Space .
Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar Benefit
Thank You to Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar for their 10K donation to Wild Care and also to Animal Rescue League of Boston - Brewster location. Thanks to all who showed up and supported both organizations by dining, enjoying ice cream & playing mini-golf. What an incredible community!! Wild Care RAISED a total of $10,785.
Wild Care's Fall Open House
Thank you!
Thank you to all who attended Wild Care's Fall Open House on October 5th. We hope you all enjoyed! Special thanks to to Ken Foster of Breakaway for donating his time and the X-Grill.

Thank you to our sponsors who made it happen!! Enjoy this video of photos taken by our wonderful volunteer photographer, Leo Seletsky.
Volunteer Spotlight
by Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director

Wild Care is grateful for our volunteers! We would not survive without them. This month, we'd like to highlight outstanding volunteer, Michael Brown.

Michael Brown is a Chatham resident who joined our Board of Directors in 2018, and has assisted us on many fronts. Not only does he help with fundraising and board duties, he helped to erect the Harding's  Beach Chatham Osprey platform and reunite the fallen Osprey chicks with their parents, after the platform fell over in the July tornadoes. Michael helps to beautify Wild Care's grounds with regular landscaping maintenance and cleanup. He also was critical in getting our Trash Your Tackle initiative underway, and installing all 5 receptacles in Chatham. Michael helped develop the architectural plans for Wild Care's "Clinic and Education Center Expansion" Project (more soon), and the list goes on.

We are so excited that you are part of our team,  Michael. You are the glue that holds many things together. We love you!

We've Got Merchandise!
NEW ITEMS - NEW ITEMS - NEW ITEMS
We've got one-of-a-kind Designs.

Purchase at Wild Care daily in our lobby between the hours of
9AM-5PM. 10 Smith Ln., Eastham, or contact Kerry between the hours of 10AM-2PM, M-F to purchase over the phone
at (508) 240-2255.

Merchandise s hipping charges vary.
NEW!!!
12 Month Calendar Cover ($20)
NEW!!!
Calendar Page
NEW!!!
Osprey Grey Sweatshirt ($45)
NEW!!!
Osprey Blue Sweatshirt ($45)
Turtle T-Shirt ($20)
Kids & Adult Sizes
Owl T-Shirt ($20)
Kids & Adult Sizes
Osprey Blue Long-Sleeved T-shirt ($25)
Wild Care hats available for $28. 100% cotton,
6-panel, pigment dyed, garment-washed, hat features a Cool-CrownTM mesh lining to keep you cool and a leather strap with antique brass buckle.

If you were thinking about purchasing something through Amazon soon, we would be grateful if you used our Smile account. There is no additional cost to you, but there is a nice donation to Wild Care!

If you are already a customer of Amazon and have already registered us as your charity, don't forget every time you shop to go to https://smile.amazon.com, instead of their standard site.

And don't forget to take a look at our Amazon Wishlist, below!
Wild Care, Inc.
10 Smith Lane 
Eastham, MA 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. We have 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.