For Release: 05/10/2019

'Chick' out new arrivals: Peregrine falcons hatch at Weston Power Plant

Wausau — Wisconsin Public Service's (WPS) Weston Power Plant nest box is a little fuller this afternoon with the hatching of its first eggs of 2019. Proud parents Sheldon and Rosalee welcomed three new additions to the world late Thursday evening and this morning.

The pair now has hatched 14 falcons at the plant, and this group of chicks is the 34th born overall at the nest box. The remaining egg is expected to hatch by the beginning of next week. See it hatch live by watching the high-definition nest box camera on the WPS website or YouTube channel. Our partners at We Energies have more cute chicks to check out at its power plants in Oak Creek, Milwaukee and Port Washington.

WPS also established a new nest box at its downtown Green Bay headquarters this year, replacing the previous nest box at its Pulliam Power Plant. Peregrine falcons did not nest in the box this year, something that is not uncommon at a new site. The good news is peregrine falcons were spotted in the area throughout the spring, and it’s anticipated a pair will nest inside the box next spring.

By hosting the nest boxes, WPS has helped a species that was once near extinction grow and recover in Wisconsin. Since 1996, more than 100 peregrine falcons have hatched at WPS facilities.

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