PLEASANT PRAIRIE — First there were the bald eaglets, then some baby red-tailed hawks at the University of Wisconsin. Now, We Energies is showing off the nest of a peregrine falcon at its Pleasant Prairie power plant.
The eggs that the mother falcon are sitting upon are expected to hatch between May 5th and May 7th. The peregrine falcon pair at the Pleasant Prairie plant produced four eggs this spring.
New chicks also will be arriving at the company’s power plants in Oak Creek, Port Washington, Milwaukee and Marquette, Mich. Activity at these sites is being captured via webcam still photos that are being updated hourly at we-energies.com.
Since 1992, nearly half of all the peregrines in Wisconsin have been produced at utility power plants — more than 30 percent at We Energies’ facilities. After this nesting season, the number of falcons hatched at We Energies’ facilities could climb to more than 170.