For Release: 03/17/2020
Peregrine falcons spotted inside nest boxes at WPS, We Energies facilities
Green Bay — Looking for something to do with your kids while they're out of school? Starting today, parents and children can learn about an endangered species live via webcam. Peregrine falcons are back at Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies power plants and facilities. Tune into the high-definition cameras 24 hours a day and watch as the raptors find love, lay eggs and raise their young.
This year there are nest box cameras at five WPS and We Energies facilities:
- Weston Power Plant in Rothschild
- WPS building in Green Bay
- Oak Creek Power Plant
- Port Washington Generating Station
- Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee
All five cameras are hosted on the WEC Energy Group website, the parent company of WPS and We Energies.
Last year, the first eggs were laid around the end of March. Check in early and often to catch all of the activity. You can also follow the WPS Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates.
Peregrine falcon program
WPS and We Energies are honored to be a part of a statewide effort to restore the peregrine falcon population. The Department of Natural Resources added peregrine falcons to Wisconsin’s endangered species list in the 1970s.
Since its first successful nest box in the mid-90s, 402 peregrine falcons have hatched between each energy company’s facilities. The falcons are drawn to tall structures along Lake Michigan or major rivers, which make many of the WPS and We Energies facilities ideal nesting sites.
The program is another way WPS and We Energies demonstrate environmental stewardship. From helping endangered animals and restoring natural habitats, to building new solar facilities and reducing carbon emissions, the companies are committed to a cleaner future.
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