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Raptor Education Group Needs Public To Donate Meat For Injured Birds

Raptor Education Group Inc.

ANTIGO--The COVID pandemic is likely the cause of an increased influx of injured birds to the Raptor Education Group Inc.  near Antigo and many birds need meat donated by the public.

Founder Marge Gibson says they need 150 pounds of meat a week to feed their injured birds in rehabilitation. She thinks with more people home because of the virus more injured birds are being brought to the center and they need to be fed. They had been getting meat from packing plants, but those plants have also been cut back because of the virus.

Gibson says they have 33 bald eagles, 12 great-horned owls, bard owls, and vultures are among the species that eat meat...

"The need for meat is really important for them. They eat a couple of pounds of meat every day. Fish is important for them as well. An osprey that we have, fish is important, but meat is a big thing..."

Venison is good, except if it's been shot with lead, and other wild meat that might be in a freezer. Fish is also important in its raw state. She says birds like to eat the whole fish or fillets.

Gibson talks about how people can donate...

"They can give us a call at Raptor Education Group. They can bring it to us. We're here from the hours of 8(a.m.) to 6(p.m.). Better if we're expecting you. We're trying to do social distancing and make it safe for people to bring things as well as our staff. Give us a call first..."

We have a link to the Raptor Education Group website here.

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