Peregrine falcons are crow-sized birds of prey known for their speed and beauty. Native to Wisconsin, peregrines originally nested on high bluffs along the Mississippi, St. Croix and Wisconsin rivers as well as the Door Peninsula. In the 1960s, the population declined due to the pesticide DDT, which weakened peregrine eggshells and prevented hatching. As a result, peregrines disappeared from the eastern United States, including Wisconsin. Since 1996, we have been helping re-establish the population. Through 2017, nest boxes at our Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay and the Weston Power Plant in Rothschild have produced 117 chicks. You can watch and listen to the peregrines on our nest box streaming webcams during the March to July nesting season.

Pulliam Power Plant
Green Bay, WI

Weston Power Plant
Rothschild, WI

Name the Falcon Chicks contest

Sponsored by WPS and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • The contest will run until April 30.
  • All contestants must be in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Suggest one name for a falcon chick. Names do not have to be gender specific for a male or female.
  • Complete the online entry form.
  • Print and mail the paper entry form

Winning the contest

  • A panel of judges will select a name for each chick. Winners will be announced after the eggs hatch.
  • There will be as many winners as there are falcon chicks. A person can only win once.
  • If more than one person submits a selected name, the winning entry will be drawn at random.
  • Prizes awarded are not redeemable for cash or any other consideration.
  • Winners, along with their classroom in Brown County will be bused to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for a behind the scenes tour of their birds of prey exhibit.
  • Winners in Marathon County will receive a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc. before the end of the school year.
  • Winners outside of Brown and Marathon counties will receive a classroom presentation by a peregrine falcon expert.
  • The individual winners will also receive a peregrine falcon T-shirt, a photograph showing them with the falcon chicks and a certificate of appreciation. Winners will also be invited to participate in the banding of the chicks scheduled for approximately late May or early June.

Any questions about the contest should be directed to the Wildlife Sanctuary at 920-391-3677 or WPS at 920-617-5160.

WEC Energy Group