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Raptor Rehabilitation Center asking help for funding

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During Quincy's Great River Eagle Days, Raptor Rehabilitation Center was showing off the eagles to viewers.

Volunteers say this event not only gives people an unusual look at raptors but it helps bring awareness to an organization that is struggling to stay afloat.

"I'm coming to see the eagle, and the red hawk and the owl," said attendee Jack Daggett.

Daggett came with his mom Saturday morning to the Great River Eagle Days.

Volunteers say they need help with funding in order to feed these majestic birds, so they can help keep this event going.

"We take care of eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, kites. A lot of different birds of prey and of course, birds of prey eat meat. Meat prices have went up too so that hits us too," said Karen Roush, raptor rehab volunteer.

Roush says the program is experiencing financial struggles as more birds enter the program.

"An eagle alone, will almost eat a whole chicken a day," said Roush.

And, with three eagles in the program Roush says that comes to about $12,000 a year. Now the organization is asking for the public's help.

"Empty your freezer and you know, bring the spoiled meat to us, because the birds don't care if it's outdated," said Roush.

Roush says events like this help to bring awareness to programs like Raptor Rehabilitation. "Recognize that hey, this place is right here in Quincy. Most people don't know it."

For more information the Raptor Rehabilitation Center and how you can donate, click http://www.rrcquincy.org/mission.htm

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