Dovekies recovering at Wild Care

Small ocean birds blown ashore during recent winter storm
This blown-ashore Dovekie is recovering at Wild Care in Eastham. Wild Care photo.

An interesting message from our friends at Wild Care Cape Cod in Eastham:

We've got Dovekies! These tiny little sea-faring birds are the smallest auk (puffin relatives) found on the Atlantic Ocean. These birds breed on coastal arctic habitat and spend their winters offshore in the North Atlantic. Storms and high seas frequently blow these birds onto shores and parking lots. They wash up dehydrated and weak. If you find one, please call us! Do not put the bird back in the water. They often have injuries, and need supportive care first, to get them back on their feet. They also have special release requirements so they are not predated by gulls.

Dovekies eat copepods (small crustaceans) on the ocean. At Wild Care, they receive plankton in our care. Would you like to make a donation that will help our Dovekies? A $10 donation will buy us a container of plankton, or you can purchase a container for us through our wishlist!

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