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Marge Gibson keynote speaker at Owl Festival


Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

If anyone can speak bird, it's Marge Gibson. There is a special understanding that exists between Gibson and birds that is key to her success as a wildlife rehabilitator. But rehabilitation isn't what she set out to do.

Although she was known as the "Bird Girl" because she started rehabbing birds at the tender age of nine, she went on to become a wildlife biologist who worked on some very high profile projects. She was a team captain in the Bald Eagle Capture and Health Assessment Program after the Exxon Valdez oil spill and was a member of the California Condor Recovery Team.

She founded the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) in her hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin in 1990, fully intending to focus her efforts on using raptors in education. But her remote location and rehabilitation skills soon led REGI to become the largest avian rehabilitation facility in the state. Her skills have led her to serve as the president of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and teach rehabilitation internationally.

Gibson has seen nearly everything during her lifetime working with birds. A gifted storyteller, she has true tales to tell that are heart-wrenching, infuriating, hilarious, heart-warming, inspiring, and just plain miraculous. She has dealt with a turkey vulture shot up on drugs, a gay alcoholic trumpeter swan, a great horned owl with both feet cut off and much, much more.

People of all interest levels will enjoy Gibson's keynote presentation entitled "Owls: Personal Stories of Wonder and Inspiration" at the International Festival of Owls banquet on Saturday, March 6, at Valley High Golf Club near Houston, Minnesota. Tickets are $28/person and include the banquet, a live auction to benefit the Houston Nature Center, the presentation of the World Owl Hall of Fame Awards, and a presentation by Englishman Colin Shawyer titled "Conserving Britain's Barn Owls."

For more information about the International Festival of Owls and to register for the banquet and other events, visit www.festivalofowls.com or contact the Houston Nature Center at 507-896-4668. The banquet is expected to sell out, so purchase tickets soon.

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