For Release: 06/23/2020

Bye bye, birdies: WPS, We Energies peregrine falcon chicks leave the nest

Wausau — The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies falcon chicks (and their parents) are enjoying some pomp and circumstance after reaching another milestone. The chicks have learned to fly and officially joined the class of 2020.

Blaze was the first chick to spread his wings, and his younger brother, Hoppy, was the last. All of the chicks were named in honor of our favorite things about Wisconsin.

The fledglings will spend the next few weeks learning how to hunt prey and mastering their flying skills. After that, they’ll head off in separate directions to start their own lives.

This year’s class of chicks brings the total number of peregrines hatched, named and banded at WPS and We Energies power plants to 410 since our recovery efforts began in the mid-1990s.

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.

This 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, we are committed to a cleaner future.

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