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Director's Message
September 11, 2019
Wild Care Friends

We've made it to September! Wild Care has seen over 1,600 animals this year. This time of year is always a race against the clock to get migratory birds out the door, as soon as they are ready...

Chimney Swifts are on the move, and headed to Peru!
It is critically important that we release our young swifts into a roost, or into a flock of swifts or swallows, to give them the best chance of survival. Time is of the essence! We reached out to Jim Sweeney, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary's "Special Programs Coordinator and Educator," to help us find a flock for our 7 young swifts. Jim was able to locate a flock of swifts in East Bridgewater, and took our birds there last week for an afternoon release. Jim reported, "Mission accomplished! All seven birds in the air, and in the company of 5 other swifts and 30 Tree Swallows." Success!

We also rehabilitated a sick Piping Plover chick from Duxbury Beach this summer. The bird was released just over a week ago, before plovers began their migration south.

We recently had a single juvenile hummingbird in our care. The bird was ready to go last week, but we waited out the storm, to ensure that the bird has the best chance of survival in the wild. He was released this past Sunday! Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have also begun their journey south. They are headed for the Gulf Coast. Some travel as far as Central America for the winter.

I feel grateful that Wild Care is a place for these migratory marvels to receive care and recuperate, and a safe space for animals to weather the storms. Thank you all for your support, which enables us to continue our life-saving work!
Sincerely, Executive Director, Stephanie ~
Please consider making a Donation today, and help us to help animals like this Piping Plover chick!

Photos by Kerry Reid.
Piping Plover and
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Thank You, for your donation!
Photo by Amy Sanders, Wild Care Volunteer

In August alone, Wild Care received 265 patients. Over 35 of these were squirrels.

Orphans require intensive and specialized care. What many people don't realize is that it costs $50 per week to raise these youngsters!

Please consider a donation TODAY towards the care of our patients. Every dollar helps!
Baby Red-Tail Recovery

Photo by Jayne Fowler

By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator

In late July, we received a call about a fledgling Red-Tailed Hawk located in South Yarmouth. It was observed alone, and apparently was not being cared for by its parents. Our staff member, Jayne Fowler, was available to check out the situation. She found the bird to be weak and compromised, so she brought it in. It was very young, still with pin feathers growing in like porcupine quills.

Not Much is Sillier Than
Feeding Young Chimney Swifts!
Adventures of a Volunteer
by Amy Sanders
Chimney swifts are an amazingly complex, yet endangered species of migratory birds (federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916). In fact, I was stunned to learn that while they nest here in summer (eastern North America), in the winter these tiny birds migrate all the way to Peru! 

Interestingly, chimney swifts cannot perch, or even stand on their legs. What they can do, is hang. When not hanging (from chimney walls, trees, or in our case, nets), they are in flight.

Photo by Inez Giles, Wild Care Volunteer
Welcome Rhea!
Rhea Skylar Walley was born ten days early on August 19, 2019 at 3:01 am, weighing 7 lbs., 11.5 oz., and at 19.5 inches long. She is doing well, and mama Niki is gradually recovering after a long labor.

 Niki is Wild Care's Volunteer Coordinator and Wildlife Rehabilitator. She says her years of experience feeding baby squirrels all night has helped prepare her for this. But the squirrels were definitely easier. ;)

Congratulations Niki!
We can't wait to meet baby Rhea!
Two Juvenile Bald Eagles Soar Back Into Wild
Thank you to our incredible animal care team, and Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Thank you Jason Zimmer and Steve Wright of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. And Thank you to Carl Jacobs and Kerry Reid for capturing the release with these amazing photos! Stephanie ~
Reported by: The Barnstable Patriot, August 31, 2019 - by Bronwen Howells Walsh

About 25 people gathered to watch the release of two young bald eagles yesterday at

The eagles were rescued by Wild Care Staff and Volunteers, on July 18th from Harwich, and July 19th from Truro.

They were so dehydrated that they were acting erratically. They spent the summer together in rehab at Wild Care in Eastham, sharing a pen with perches, lots of natural light, and video surveillance cameras to ensure they were eating normally. Wild Care staff issued a call to the community help supply fish to feed them...

Wild Care was chosen as the recipient of the
Stop & Shop Community Bag Program
for October!
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 .
We miss our Summer 2019 interns! Wild Care has cared for over 1,600 animals this year, and we could not have done it without the assistance of these five wonderful individuals.
(Left to right) Naomi Tripp, Natalie McCarthy, Gionet Hasson, Noah Kenney and Kat Munsell.

We wish you all well in your academic and career endeavors. We hope you will come back and visit!

Thank you to the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation for their generous funding
of our Internship Program 2019.
Wild Care in July - Tales from Kat!
Wild Care Summer Intern Kat, has created another AWESOME video detailing her experience at Wild Care. From a Least Tern ch

Her YouTube Channel is " Reptiles With At and Kat ". ENJOY this video, "Wild Care in July".

Katherine (Kat) Munsell

Enjoy the video here . (27 minutes in length)

(Paint Night - You must RSVP by September 15!!!)
Thursday, November 7th - Front Street Dinner


This wonderful evening at includes delicious appetizers, all painting materials, a canvas, and guided instruction. Not to mention, guests will have an extraordinary live subject to paint , Wild Care’s educational Eastern Screech Owl, named “Up Up” . Take home your finished piece that night!
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 [email protected] for more info.
Create your original art or Birdhouses and return them to the E.P. Library by
October 25th, 2019 please.
Volunteer Spotlight
by Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director

Wild Care is grateful for our volunteers! We would not survive without them. They assist with everything from animal care, to gardening, facility maintenance, fundraising and so much more!  This month, we'd like to highlight outstanding volunteer, Bill Redihan .

Bill is a Rescue Volunteer, who helps with many other things! He releases animals when we need him, picks up sandlance for us off-Cape, was critical in activating local fire departments to assist with our recent Osprey reunions, secured a builder for Wild Care's upcoming Clinic and Education Center Expansion Project, and the list goes on.

Thank you for all of your help and support of Wild Care, Bill! We are grateful for you!
We've Got Merchandise!
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.
Osprey Grey Sweatshirt ($45)
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, 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 
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.