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...

14 Orphaned opossums find refuge at Cape Wildlife Center

Barnstable is lucky to be the home of the Cape Wildlife Center, the only veterinary hospital and rehabilitation center that treats all wildlife on Cape Cod. This center is open seven days a week to receive sick, injured, or orphaned animals from the public and from...

Cape Wildlife Center: Adapting During Covid-19

As everyone has, the Cape Wildlife Center has been severely impacted by Covid-19.  We are continuing our mission to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, and had to figure out a way to do it that would benefit wildlife while keeping our staff and the...

The owls of Pleasant Street

On Cape Cod, we have either a Department of Natural Resources, or Animal Control Officer, or both in almost every town.  These agencies work with wildlife to help keep them safe and protected.  They are often called upon to help capture an injured or sick...

Bird Migration In The Atlantic Flyway

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...