We Energies has been working to help the peregrine falcon recover for nearly 25 years.
When the pesticide DDT was used in the 1950s and ‘60s, the chemicals passed through the food chain, causing eggshell thinning that led to loss of young in many raptor species, including peregrines.
The utility now has peregrine nest boxes at six power plants. More than 200 chicks have been hatched at We Energies facilities.
During their recovery, about 20 percent of Wisconsin-born peregrine falcons have hatched in nesting boxes on our power plant chimneys.
Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals known to science. The highest measured speed of a peregrine falcon is 242 miles per hour. (Photo credit: Greg Septon)
We Energies hosts peregrine falcon nests at its Oak Creek, Presque Isle, Pleasant Prairie, Port Washington, Valley and Milwaukee County power plants. (Photo credit: Greg Septon)
The peregrine falcon’s breeding range extends from the Arctic tundra to the tropics, and the birds can be found nearly anywhere on earth. (Photo credit: Greg Septon)
We Energies offers $100 rewards to those who discover and report new raptor nests on our hydro operations properties in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Peregrine falcon chicks, known as “eyases,” are coated in white down and have disproportionately large feet for their size. (Photo credit: Greg Septon)
Female peregrine falcons are larger than males by about 30 percent.
While the falcon’s diet is mostly medium-sized birds, it will also feed on small mammals, reptiles and insects.
We Energies’ Pleasant Prairie nest box has hatched nearly 60 peregrine falcons to date, making it the program’s most prolific. (Photo credit: Greg Septon)
Widespread us of the pesticide DDT once caused peregrines to become endangered in certain areas. The chemical was found to thin the shells of peregrine falcon eggs. (Photo credit: Greg Septon)
You can find more information about the We Energies peregrine falcons at this website.
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