Milwaukee – Enjoy an early Easter egg hunt from the comfort of your couch by checking out our peregrine falcon nest box cameras! This year, there are a dozen eggs to be found at four nest boxes across Wisconsin. If conditions are just right, the first ‘peeps’ from newborn peregrine falcons could come in just a few weeks.
Here’s an eggs-planation of the activity at each of our nest boxes:
Oak Creek Power Plant
Mom and dad, Essity and Michael, are incubating four eggs.
Port Washington Generating Station
Mom and dad, Brinn and Beasley, are incubating one egg so far, but more could arrive in the coming days.
Valley Power Plant
Dad and mom, Hercules and his unbanded female mate, are incubating three eggs at the Valley Power Plant nest box in Milwaukee.
Weston Power Plant
Mom and dad, Rosalee and Sheldon, are incubating four eggs at the nest box hosted by our sister utility Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) in Rothschild.
Hop on over to our high-definition nest box cameras to keep an eye out for the first signs of hatching. If everything goes well, we should see our first chicks before the end of the month. We’ll also be posting updates on Twitter and Facebook.
Peregrine falcon program
We Energies and WPS are honored to be a part of a statewide effort to restore the peregrine falcon population. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources added peregrine falcons to the state’s endangered species list in the 1970s.
Since our first successful nest in the mid-1990s, 410 peregrine falcons have hatched at our facilities. The falcons are drawn to tall structures along Lake Michigan or major rivers, which make many of the We Energies and WPS facilities ideal nesting sites.
This program is another way We Energies and WPS are building a bright, sustainable future. From helping endangered animals and restoring natural habitats, to building new solar facilities and reducing carbon emissions, we are committed to a cleaner future.