GLADSTONE - A concert will be held on Saturday, April 20, to benefit the Upper Michigan Raptor Rehabilitation and Wildlife Center in Gladstone. Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys will be making their annual pilgrimage to the Upper Peninsula to play at the Terrace Bay Inn in Gladstone.
The Raptor Rehab Center was established and federally licensed in 2007. It is owned and operated by Randy Bruntjens with help from Tracey Anderson, and is dedicated to providing food, shelter, medical care and release to raptors as well as to other wildlife as needed. As a non-profit organization, it operates on grants and private donations.
Bruntjens works closed with the Department of Natural Resources, as the DNR does not have a facility to provide needed care for these animals. Most bird injuries are the result of accidents, either with cars or while hunting prey, and involve broken wings, legs, etc. Lead poisoning cases from being shot are also treated. Some animals are brought in as orphans, mostly commonly as the result of the mother being killed by a car. Any questions on the center can be directed to Bruntjens at (906) 428-1497.
Randy Bruntjens, owner of the Raptor Rehab Center, holds a four-year-old female eagle.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. and the doors open at 7. Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Record Rack in Escanaba or will be available for $12 at the door. This event is sponsored by Blues for a Cause. For more information call 786-6420.