Loki’s Education Index

An Index for Science exploration



Loki’s Index is a space to explore science and wildlife topics in no particular order. It is designed to be fun, distracting, and to peak your interest. If you learn one new fact today Loki has done his job.

Science For Social Distancing Series!

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been creating educational videos for students of all ages. Get up close and personal with our patients and learn science topics along the way! If there is a topic you are curious about contact us at this link ( http://capewildlifecenter.com/contact/) and we will do our best to cover it in a future video!

Learn About Birds!

This video was designed for a local middle school class we have been working with this year. We decided to share it here so that young learners who are looking for a little extra STEM programming during the shutdown can follow along too! In this video Students will learn what makes a bird a bird, some of their adaptions and then see these concepts come to life by watching footage of a Red Tail Hawk reciving care in our veterinary hospital!*note to viewers: the Hawk is sedated (asleep) for most of this video. This was done so that our team could perform the necissary diagnostics, physical exam, and apply a new wing bandage. He is now awake and resting comfortably in his cage *

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Science For Social Distancing: all about Birds This a great one for middle school science students to learn the basics of bird anatomy

Science For Social Distancing: Opossum on the Table- Check our our newest patient(s) and learn about the natural history of Virginia Opossums!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Monday, April 27, 2020
Science For Social Distancing: Opossum on the Table!

Science for Social Distancing: What’s the Buzz? 🐝🐝🐝 Today is Bee Day! See how a hive of honeybees are installed, and learn some cool new facts along the way 😁

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Science For Social Distancing: Whats the Buzzzzz?

Science for Social Distancing: Turtle Time! 🐢 Learn about Eastern Pinted Turtles and watch a release!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Monday, May 4, 2020
Science For Social Distancing: Turtle Time!!!

More Videos from NEWCS!

Fox Facts!

Fox Facts
Red Tail Recovers from Gun Shot

This Red Tailed Hawk is feeling much better today after being shot several weeks ago! Check out this short video to see his recovery. After a few more days of flight conditioning he’ll be ready for release! 🦅😁This is the type of support your donations make possible. Thanks to all who donated to our Giving Tuesday Campaign!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Hawk Release

Hello Friends, With heavy hearts tonight we are temporarily closing our wildlife hospital to new admissions. Governor Baker declared that conditions on the ground have changed. NEWCS's Weymouth facility is located in one of the 7 counties in Massachusetts that State officials found "evidence of community spread”, and we have recently had our first positive cases confirmed on Cape Cod. The health of our community and our ability to care for existing patients is of paramount importance. We still have the capacity to care for the animals in our hospital, but can not responsibly take in any new patients at this time. Our wildlife hotline is still in operation and we will be answering the phones around the clock to help field questions and will do our best to help find you appropriate resources 508 362 0111. We will keep you updated on when we can re-open our doors to new admissions. We will still be providing assistance to our local wildlife officials to help with public health emergencies. Thank you all for your understanding. P.S. this Eastern Screech owl was released after two full months of care. It had a badly broken leg, which we surgically pinned to help stabilize it. It was a long road to recovery, but he passed his final flight test and was more than ready to head back to the wild.

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

***Patient Update*** The Great horned owl that was caught in a leg trap is still in our care but continues to have a guarded prognosis. While part of her leg is showing signs of healing there is a section that has not shown signs of improvement. We are trying many different treatments and are not giving up hope yet. She has been an excellent patient so far. Here you can see our staff assist feeding her some breakfast!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Great Horned Owl recovers after its foot was stuck in a leg-trap!

Osprey Release!

Some good news for your feed today 😁This Osprey was cleared for takeoff following a positive veterinary exam this morning. The bird was admitted to our hospital after a Town of Barnstable Natural Resource officer found him grounded on a roadway. We suspect he was struck by a vehicle, and was very disoriented and weak. Our veterinary team shot a full set of radiographs, and luckily did not find any broken bones. He was treated with fluids and anti inflammatory medication for his injuries, and was given a few good meals of fresh fish. He responded well to treatment and today he was bright and alert and ready to return to the wild. Ospreys sometimes have trouble taking off from the ground so we brought him up to our soft release cage to give him the extra boost. He did great and headed back towards his nest!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Monday, April 6, 2020

This Common Eider took a much needed drink after he was found stranded on a nearby beach by Town of Barnstable Department of Natural Resources. Upon examination our veterinary team found that he was dehydrated, disoriented , and had likely suffered a recent head trauma. Blood work revealed that he is also battling a bacterial infection. He has been prescribed antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication, and will be given subcutaneous fluids as needed. Once his condition improves he will be moved to our outdoor pool for further observation. In the meantime, we are encouraged to see that he is eating and drinking on his own!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Eider Takes a Drink

These two are feeling much better…and they are HUNGRY! 🐢🐢🎵This pair of Juvenile Diamondback Terrapins were admitted in early December after they were disturbed from their winter torpor. Today they are feeling much better and have almost DOUBLED in size! In the video they can be seen here happily munching on a meal of turtle pellets and blood worms. These are just two of the 21 turtles we are busy caring for this winter. Many of these cold-blooded patients are also suffering from the effects of "cold-stun". If you are out walking the beaches this time of year please keep an eye out for turtles! If you come across a turtle in need of help please call our front desk at 508 362 0111 and we are happy to help you find the appropriate resource. Thank you!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Thursday, January 9, 2020
Baby Turtle Feeding Time

It’s a beautiful day for a release! These mallards came to us two months ago as orphan ducklings. After several weeks of supportive care they are ready to return back to the wild. Before release we make sure their feathers are waterproofed so they can stay warm and dry out on the water. Mallards and other waterfowl are able to keep their feathers waterproofed by spreading natural oils produced by a gland at the base of their tail feathers. As they preen, the oils coat the feathers to make them water resistant. When you see water beading off their feathers rather then being absorbed you know they are ready to go. Good luck out there little ones! 🦆🦆🦆

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Release Day
Great Horned Owl release

This Great Horned Owlet was brought in by Town of Barnstable Department of Natural Resources when they found him injured on the ground. Our veterinary team discovered he was severely bruised and bleeding. Rodenticide poisoning was highly suspected so we started treatment immediately and slowly started to see improvement. Due to the amount of poison in his body it took 4 months before he could be off meds. After 133 days of treatment and then flight conditioning he was able to be released!

Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Great Horned Owl Rescue