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Wings over Wausau brings more than birds

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This isn't the first time Ivy Boudreau has seen these birds, and it won't be her last.

"I've kind of always had an owl obsession and my whole family likes wildlife a lot," Boudreau explains.

The 19-year-old Wausau native is just one of dozens that attended The Rapture Education Group (REGI) "Wings over Wausau" event. All the proceeds benefit the non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center located in Antigo.

"Birds are injured all the time," Volunteer coordinator Megan Ackley said. "If they (REGI) weren't around there wouldn't be anyone to take care of them.

The event featured some of the groups most popular animals, including eagles, raptors, even owls.

"You never really get to see them unless your out in the woods in the middle of the night which doesn't happen that often," Boudreau said.

That's why the group holds these types of events, to raise awareness.

"Making people aware of the little things they can do and being able to appreciate the birds in the future," Ackley said.

The Raptor Education Group rescues roughly 700 birds every year. Leaders say each bird costs thousands of dollars in rehabilitation fees.

"You can hear about things and think its cool but when you actually look at a bird in the eyes you get a different appreciation," Ackley explained.

And for Kala Thompson, she wanted to show her daughter that appreciation firsthand.

"Kids today are so busy with video games and TV so it is really neat to be able to come in and see the birds," Thompson said.

And the group hopes this event will not only bring in funds, but a new kind of respect for these amazing creatures.

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