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Raptor Research

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Some majestic birds will be going home this weekend after spending some time at a local rehabilitation center, and their journey could turn into a way to help fight the West Nile virus.

Three bald eagles that were sick with West Nile have recovered and will be released into the wild this weekend.

Fit with tracking devices, the Antigo Raptor Education Group Incorporated will follow the birds to learn more about the effects of the neurological illness.

"Once they're released, we'll get updates on their position everyday for the next three to five years," said Nick Derene, Raptor Education Group, Inc., "which we'll be able to use to tell us about the long-term effects of the West Nile Virus."

One problem Derene says the Raptor Center faces is funding. Right now, the non-profit group only has $5,000 of the $65,000 it needs to complete the West Nile research.