Monday, June 11, 2012

Peregrine falcon chick naming, banding concludes

On June 9, two peregrine falcon chicks were named and banded at Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette, Mich. The chicks were named Felco and Superman, bringing to 15 the number of We Energies peregrine banded and named this season.

The first naming and banding of the season was at Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee. Rosie, Brady and Honor were the names that Cub Scouts from Rose Glen Elementary School in Waukesha gave to three peregrine falcons. The scouts were present for the banding session with wildlife expert Greg Septon on May 17. The scouts selected Rosie after their school, Brady, for one of the scouts, and Honor.

On May 21, the four chicks at Port Washington Generating Station were banded and named -- Dr. J, Peeta, Edna and Patricia.

News story in Port Washington/Saukville Patch

On May 24, fifth grade students from Deerfield Elementary School in Oak Creek got to visit and name the peregrine falcons that recently hatched at our Oak Creek Power Plant. The students named the three male chicks Hawkeye, Lightning and Tony, which was chosen at the last minute when they decided to name one of the chicks after reporter Tony Clark who was covering the event for Fox 6 News’ Real Milwaukee show. Clark's story aired May 29 at 9 a.m. WISN-TV also covered the Oak Creek banding.

Fox6 Real Milwaukee video

Slide show on

On May 29, a fifth grade class from Pleasant Prairie Elementary School attended the banding as part of a class field trip. Students also got to choose names for the chicks, all males: Rico, Lightning and Sky.

The chicks at Pleasant Prairie have attracted quite a following on our website. School groups from as far away as California have been monitoring the nesting activity, thanks to the live video stream from the nesting box webcam.

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