Cold stunned and cold shocked turtles on Cape Cod

October through December is the time of year when sea turtles experience cold stunning.  For the past 30 years the numbers have been on the rise.  Climate change appears to be a major factor in this increase.  The waters are staying warmer longer, and...

Turtles on the move!

Massachusetts is home to 10 species of land turtles and half of them are threatened, endangered or of special concern.  They range in size from the 4” Bog turtle to the Snapping turtle which can grow up to 20” long.   The Cape Wildlife Center will see all of these...

West Nile, Newcastle, and Tick-Borne Diseases

All of us are somewhat familiar with ticks and the diseases they carry and can transfer to humans.  Ticks can also bite other mammals, including domestic pets and wildlife potentially infecting that mammal with a tick-borne virus like Lyme disease, Babesiosis,...

Nesting in the wild

All living, breathing beings need homes.  For many wild animals that means a nest of some type.  In the wild you will see nests on the ground, in the trees, under the ground, or even on building structures. Some of the larger mammals will nest on the ground...

Otterly Adorable at Cape Wildlife Center

They were meant for each otter… This baby season we have the opportunity to care for two orphaned North American river otters. Special permission by Mass Wildlife is required to rehabilitate this species and Cape Wildlife is currently the only facility permitted to...

Fishers on Cape Cod

Fishers, mistakenly called Fisher Cats, are probably the most misunderstood, maligned species in New England.  They are not related to felines in any way, and are the second largest member of the weasel family found in Massachusetts.  The largest is the...

What to do when you find wildlife

People and wildlife live side by side throughout Cape Cod. It is not unusual to find some species of wildlife that may be injured, sick or orphaned.  Your course of action can make a huge difference in the outcome for the animal.  Cape Wildlife Center is...

Bird Migration

The birds returning to Cape Cod right now are breaking all the travel and social distancing rules.  They are flying great distances, landing in various locations, and congregating in groups of hundreds or thousands.  The birds may be the only ones traveling...

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...