Loki’s Index

Loki’s Education 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!

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 and we will do our best to cover it in a future video!

Recent Articles From NEWCS staff Scientists

Pelagic Birds

Northern Gannet photo by Susanne Jutzeler courtesy Pexels.com Pelagic birds are birds that spend a large portion of their lives on the open ocean.  They can be found thousands of miles offshore, but can get blown on to land during high winds and storms.  The only...

Snakes on Cape Cod

At the center we receive a number of calls every year from  frightened, curious or excited people who have a found a snake.  The questions always focus around:  Is it venomous?  Can it bite? How do I get rid of it? Can I keep it?  The answers...

Bats: More than Halloween Decorations

As Halloween approaches, and decorations start appearing, bats of all kinds begin to be prominently displayed as part of the spooky scenes.  Bats first became representative of Halloween when it was noticed that some bats were feeding on the blood of cattle in...

Wildlife need very specific nutrition

There is nothing cuter than wild animal babies, and nothing more tempting than to want to cuddle them, raise them and feed them.  They bring out the mothering instinct in us because they look so vulnerable.  Many people think “how hard can it be?” ...

Amphibians as indicator species

One week we had a surprise patient arrive.  A woman in the community brought in a tiny Spring Peeper with an interesting story.  She had an orange tree in a pot that she had brought inside for the winter two months ago.  Three days ago, a Spring Peeper appeared. He...

What do animals do in the winter?

Winters on Cape Cod vary quite a bit from year to year. They can begin in October or maybe in December. They can end in April or stay mild all season. The animals respond to both the decreasing temperatures and the decreasing light. In 2018, for example, it stayed...

Turkeys, turkey vultures, and our thanks

I can’t think of November without thinking of turkey. It is the one month of the year that the turkey becomes a star, although it usually ends badly for them. I am a vegetarian, so I don’t eat turkey at Thanksgiving, but at the Wildlife Center we do take the time to...

Watch Our Director Fight a Squirrel

We are seeing a big increase in the number of calls for squirrels nesting in cars. With the pandemic people are driving less, and as a result squirrels are taking advantage and inhabiting the engine compartments. This video shows our directors harrowing experience trying to get “steven” the squirrel out his car. 

Man Vs. Squirrel

What to do (and not to do) if a rodent moves into your vehicle 

Night Of A Thousand faces

The Absolute Strangest (and most fun!) Halloween Video you have ever seen, featuring Jeff Corwin and our educational owls Thor and Loki. Buckle up for this one, the mystery of the Owl and the Pumpkin is intense!