Animal Planet has 10 finalists in the "Hero of the Year" award, and a fellow Ohio rehabber has made the top 10.
I met Mona Rutger up at Crane Creek in northern Ohio during our annual bird trip. She and her husband Bill run Back to the Wild, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and care of injured wildlife. They do a great presentation every year on International Migratory Bird Day at Magee Marsh with raptors...bald eagles, golden eagles, all kinds of hawks and owls. When I met her, one of her volunteers had just brought in a great horned owl nestling a birder had found off the bird trail. I came away from the meeting thinking that this woman was intelligent, dedicated and just a nice person. I thought, "What a cool job. I wish I could do that."
And look at me now!
So...go to Animal Planet's website and check out the finalists. And I would consider it a personal favor if you vote for Mona. (she is in the lead right now!)