Thursday, February 25, 2021

Where are they now?: Yeli

His namesake spent a lot of time in Miller Park, so it makes sense that “Yeli” the peregrine falcon would be drawn to another facility formerly known as Miller. He was spotted this summer on the nest box webcam at Molson Coors.

Yeli was one of two chicks born at Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee in May 2019. Our customers voted to name him after the Milwaukee Brewers MVP Christian Yelich in our sports legends naming contest.

Emily Harrison at Molson Coors was able to grab this screenshot of Yeli at the company’s nest site back in August and granted us permission to include it here. We were able to identify Yeli thanks to the identification band we attached to his leg when he was a nestling. 

This is the first sighting of Yeli since he left the nest. We love to see our young peregrines finding their way in the world. 

Stay tuned for the start of the 2021 peregrine falcon nesting season, coming in March. If everything goes well, we’ll meet a brand-new class of chicks and watch them hatch, grow and fly away. 

Peregrine falcon program
We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) are honored to be a part of a statewide effort to restore the peregrine falcon population. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources added peregrine falcons to the state’s endangered species list in the 1970s.
Since our first successful nest in the mid-‘90s, 410 peregrine falcons have hatched at our facilities. The falcons are drawn to tall structures along Lake Michigan or major rivers, which make many of the We Energies and WPS facilities ideal nesting sites.

This program is another way We Energies and WPS are building a bright, sustainable future. From helping endangered animals and restoring natural habitats, to building new solar facilities and reducing carbon emissions, we are committed to a cleaner future.

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