Wild, Wild Auction

August 16-22, 2021
Bob Prescott holding a small Diamondback Terrapin while talking to group of families © Olivia Bourque
© Olivia Bourque

After such a successful debut last year, our reimagined annual fundraiser—the virtual Wild, Wild Auction—will be back again this August!

The Centerpiece of Wild, Wild Wellfleet!

The live auction was the heart of Wellfleet Bay's annual Wild, Wild Wellfleet! summer gala. For more than 10 years, this beloved fundraiser served as the financial backbone of the sanctuary's conservation science programs in local schools and day camp scholarships.

But because of limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the gala was canceled and the auction was moved online. But not everything changed, as items on offer in the auction still included a range of unique outdoor experiences and locally-inspired and crafted items.

The response to the reinvented auction was so strong that the sanctuary was able to generate the necessary funds to maintain education programming and camp scholarships for the following year!

Commissioned painting of a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle © Carol Meckling
© Carol Meckling

Auction Benefits Cape Cod Sanctuaries

This year's week-long online auction starts on Monday, August 16. Proceeds will benefit education and conservation programs at both Wellfleet Bay and Long Pasture wildlife sanctuaries.

There will be nearly 50 items available for bidding, including:

  • A week at a cottage at the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary in Texas
  • A diamondback terrapin hatchling tour with Bob Prescott
  • Pollinator garden consultation with Long Pasture Discovery Center landscape architect Bernice Wahler and Sanctuary Director Ian Ives, plus $500 of plants from Mahoney's
  • A print of a commissioned Kemp's Ridley painting by Carol Meckling
  • Sunset cruise on Pleasant Bay to see seals and birds with Captain Kenny Eldredge
  • Metal horseshoe crab from the Frying Pan Gallery in Wellfleet

A complete list of auction items and details is coming soon!

Thanks to Our Sponsors

We are grateful to all of this year's Wild, Wild Auction sponsors. Their support will help Mass Audubon Cape Cod realize its goals of continuing science and wildlife conservation programs in our schools in addition to increasing opportunities for local children to attend Wellfleet Bay's nature day camp.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deb Friedman at 508-394-2615 x6120 or email [email protected].

Presenting Sponsor

Premier Sponsors


Auction Donors

We also want to express our appreciation for the following auction item donors:

Davenport Companies
Bernice Wahler Landscapes
Sandy Campbell
Tjasa Owen Gallery
Heather Pilchard Art
Jean & Bob Warneke
Milisa Valliere Art
Nauset Marine
Cape Clasp
The Edward Gorey House
Russell Braun
Mark Rea
Three Sisters Gifts
Cape Cod Jewelry & Yard Art
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Wellfleet Clock Company
Frying Pan Gallery
Tim O'Brien
Bob Prescott
Carol Meckling Fine Art
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Peter Eisenbarth