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Raptor Group In Langlade County Needs Help In Several Areas

September 19, 2013

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo’s Raptor Education Group Inc. is appealing to the public for volunteers, donations, monetary and otherwise, and support in its Eagle Rare contest.

All are key to maintaining the acclaimed wildlife rehabilitation center.

According to Marge Gibson, the center’s director, REGI is caring for the most birds in its history, and doing it with a shoestring staff and only one volunteer from Antigo.

“We care for more eagles here than anywhere in the country,” Gibson said. “Currently we have 29 bald eagles in care and about 350 other patients.”

Gibson’s five summer interns have returned to college, replaced by two interns for the winter months. REGI operates with only four employees and a handful of volunteers, including just one from Antigo.

“We need help with building repair, yard, bulldozing a flat area for another site for a building, even laundry, cleaning and powerwashing, “Gibson said. “Kind of you-name-it preparing for fall needs.”

REGI is also in desperate need of used towels, blankets, sheets and washable comforters, she said, along with the ongoing appeal for monetary donations.

Gibson also reminded center supporters of the Eagle rare contest, which could bring REGI a $40,000 grand prize. Visit the website at marge-gibson to vote for REGI’s story.

“Vote every day people,” Gibson urged. “Winning this would be great for us and a feather in the cap of Antigo too.”

To make a donation to REGI, or volunteer, call Abbey at 715-623-2563