Monday, April 26, 2021

We Energies welcomes first peregrine falcon chick of 2021

We’re celebrating the first birthday of the 2021 peregrine falcon nesting season today! One of the peregrine falcon eggs at the Oak Creek Power Plant has hatched and a second is underway. 

Proud parents Michael and Essity let us catch a glimpse of their first fluffy chick early this afternoon.

Now that we have a chick, it’s time to start thinking about names. Following a year of extraordinary resilience and strength, inspiration for our naming contest was not in short supply. Stay tuned for more details tomorrow!

In the meantime, the remaining eggs at the Oak Creek Power Plant could hatch at any time now. We’re also keeping a close eye on 11 eggs laid at three other nesting sites. You can catch all of the action on our live nest box webcams 24/7. 

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-1990s, 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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