ANTIGO (WAOW) - An Antigo woman is our March Jefferson Award honoree.
Marge Gibson and her husband co-founded the Raptor Education Group Inc. or REGI, which opened in 1990 and is now the largest rehabilitation center for raptors in Wisconsin's.
The non-profit relies on donations to pay for medical care and food.
"We get no federal funding--it surprises people-- because we work with federally or state protected animals," Marge Gibson says.
Some are hit by cars--others poisoned or shot.
Ultimately, the goal is to return the animals to the wild.
The head of rehabilitation for the center says Gibson is inspiring.
"She makes a difference with the birds and the people she educates ," REGI Director of Rehab Audrey Gossett explains.
Gibson says her fascination with birds started at a young age.
"Birds have always been a part of me," Gibson explains. " They are incredible-- mate for life and are caring parents."
Gibson's husband Don passed away in November.
She maintains the mission of the center they built together remains the same.
"We just want to give the birds a second chance," says Gibson.