For Release: 10/08/2019
WPS, We Energies help peregrine population soar to new heights
New report details successful nesting programs in 2019
Green Bay — Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and its sister company We Energies are celebrating an impressive milestone in their peregrine falcon recovery efforts. A new report indicates 402 peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at the energy companies' power plants in the past 25 years, including 12 chicks this past spring.
Though peregrine falcons remain on Wisconsin's endangered species list, the chicks born at WPS and We Energies power plants are helping the population's recovery. Less than 50 years ago, peregrine falcon nesting pairs did not exist in the eastern United States, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Since 1996, 22% of all peregrine falcons born in Wisconsin have hatched inside a nest box at a WPS or We Energies facility.
The report also features:
WPS and We Energies support peregrine falcon recovery efforts as part of their commitment to environmental stewardship. By helping wildlife populations, investing in renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions, the companies are enhancing the environment and working toward a cleaner energy future.
- Nesting details for the 2019 chicks, including the four born at the Weston Power Plant.
- Pictures of the 12 chicks hatched at WPS and We Energies power plants in 2019.
- Pictures of the new peregrine falcon nest boxes in Green Bay and Pleasant Prairie.
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