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Injured birds found weeks after storm


ANTIGO (WAOW) -- This month's tornadoes left more than just scattered debris.

Cleanup workers are finding injured birds, and some of them have been suffering for weeks.

A local non-profit is pulling out all the stops to nurse them back to health. Marge Gibson is executive director of Raptor Education Group, an organization dedicated to helping injured and orphaned birds. While many people are focusing on the human impact of this month's tornadoes, she's focusing on something else.

"There's always wildlife casualties with wind storms and tornadoes, just as there are with our own species," said Gibson.

This week is especially busy. People have found several injured birds during clean-up, even though the storms hit weeks ago.

As they're sawing up the trees and things they find, they find a lot of injured wildlife," said Gibson. "That's why we've had this sudden group of birds come in."

Gibson said adult birds usually suffer from broken wings while most baby birds are starving.

She also said it usually takes a while for people to find injured birds. But for future storms, Gibson says get to know your yard, pay attention, and look beyond the damage.

"Just be aware of it and look out for it, and if something has become injured, get it some help," said Gibson.

And chances are, whatever it is will be glad you did.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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