Monday, July 26, 2010

Wings in Wausau Event this Saturday!

We have the greatest volunteers here at REGI! One of our old interns, Megan Ackley, has come back to help REGI with a big project. She has organized a series of fund-raising events in Wausau, WI. The first of these is Wings in Wausau, this Saturday, July 31.

Please come and join us at this FREE family event. And tell your friends!


Date: Saturday July 31, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Northcentral Technical College
1000 West Campus Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
Cost: FREE!

Join us for this family friendly event. Featuring some of REGI's live raptors at bird education stations, a silent auction, vendors, activities and more! The REGI staff will be there joined by some of our dedicated volunteers to share these magnificent winged wonders.

So come on in and join us, learn about raptors, some of the issues that they face and look a few right in the eye.

If you have any questions contact:
Megan Ackley
Raptor Education Group, Inc.
Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Busy Time of Year!

You might be wondering what we have been up to here at REGI. We have been so busy this summer that it has been hard to get to posting blogs. We have a clinic full of patients, patients being released all the time, programs and tours nearly every day, and don't forget about all of those babies that we are caring for.

Tours are a big part of our summer. Our educators are doing tours every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am and 1pm, often to a sell out crowd! We are so happy to share our birds with visitors. This summer we have been pleased that a number of our interns have an interest in the education portion of REGI. They have learned parts and are helping out with every tour now! Let me tell you that they are doing an excellent job.

Take a photo tour with us!
REGI Education Director Steve Fisher prepares the tour group with a short introduction.
Intern Katie Rymer talks about the unique adaptations of raptors using hawks as examples and introduces a Broad-winged Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk.
Intern Karissa Mohr teaches about the many unique features of owls. Intern Robert Prinsen holds a Great-Horned Owl and volunteer Megan Rekowski holds a Barred Owl for the tour.
Steve Fisher shares some strange but true information about Turkey Vultures.
Environmental Education Coordinator Molly McKay teaches the group about Peregrine Falcons and some of their amazing talents and habits.
Steve Fisher talks about the beautiful Golden Eagle.
Some of our tour guests compare their own wing spans to some of the birds they saw during the tour.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hand-Rearing Baby Birds, was translated into Japanese! Wings Over Wausau Event

I just got a note from Dr.Rebecca Duerr. Rebecca and Laurie Gage edited the book, Hand-Rearing Baby Birds. I wrote three chapters for the book. The book was published by Blackwell in July of 2007 and is still available through Amazon and other places.

Rebecca commented...
"It will be interesting to see how phrases such as "thrashing it to bits" (Marge's chapter on Cranes) translate!"

Indeed it will. For those of you that read Japanese, please let us know! Below is an image of the cover.

It is wonderful to know the material has made it worldwide.

We have been so busy here at REGI I cannot hope to condense our days and patients into blog form. We have over 200 patients here now. We have released many patients including 15 in one day a few days ago, another Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, Coopers Hawk and many of the passerines. The photos of the tiny babies taken just weeks ago are now full size birds and out on their own and thriving.

We hope you plan on attending Wings Over Wausau
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: North central Technical College

It is a free event, but will have fundraising possibilities including a silent auction to help REGI and our wildlife work. Plus we will have some great T-Shirts for sale!!
We are looking for volunteers for the event and and also for volunteers for the REGI facility. Please call Molly at 715-623-2563 if you are interested in volunteering. We are in great need!

More on that soon!

Have a great 4th of July everyone. Use care with the fireworks and remember wildlife when you do use them. We get a bevy of birds in after the 4th from Bald Eaglets to tiny warblers. All of the birds frightened from their nests by exploding fireworks and noisemakers.

Marge Gibson 2010