Wild Care in Eastham on Cape Cod is a remarkable place in Eastham on Cape Cod. Their mission is:
“To help sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife through Wildlife Rehabilitation; to reduce the number of animals impacted by human activity through Educational Outreach; and to help protect the species and the ecosystems they represent through Advocacy and Conservation.”
Yesterday they had their annual “Baby Shower” for all of the little “wild ones” that they care for. It was so much fun! People brought things from paper towels to food to laundry detergent to gift cards for the center. I took this photograph at 10:30 and it was only the first 1/2 hour. Wow!
This is a photograph of the little Eastern Screech Owl named “Up-Up” that was brought to them in May. It cannot fly so it will be there permanently and used for Educational Outreach programs in the schools and organizations.
What an adorable little guy, don’t you think?
We were taking a hike along the Silver Spring Trail at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary when I saw this Eastern Ribbon snake on the side of the trail. I’m not sure who was more startled! But he stayed on the trail and just looked at me.
The Eastern Ribbon snake is a slender, blackish brown snake with 3 yellow stripes. It is found near water (Silver Spring) where it swims on the surface.
I saw these 2 pretty snail shells on one of the trails at Fort Hill the other day. I thought perhaps a bird had dropped them there after eating them for lunch. Their coloring was very distinctive.
A few days later I saw some more of these shells and then they started moving! I then realized that they were indeed snail shells with the snails still inside!
If you walk out to the beach at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary at low tide you can see thousands and thousands of Fiddler Crabs scurrying about the mudflats and into their little holes in the mud. They are everywhere!
You can see the vast mudflats in the second photograph. They seem to go on forever.
Have you ever seen a Fiddler Crab? You can tell the males by their exceptionally large claw which is shaped like a fiddle, thus the name “Fiddler Crab.”
It’s fun for the kids to see real whale bones at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. You can see them shortly after you head out on the main trail by the Nature Center.
I was having fun taking photographs of the bones as Phil clicked away!