MILWAUKEE — We Energies officials say a second peregrine falcon egg was laid on Tuesday morning, March 22nd at the “Valley Power Plant” in downtown Milwaukee, as the peregrine falcon nesting season gets underway.
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.
During their recovery, about 20 percent of Wisconsin-born peregrine falcons have hatched in nesting boxes on We Energies’ power plant chimneys.
There are six We Energies Power Plants where peregrine falcons nest:
- Milwaukee County Power Plant
- Oak Creek Power Plant
- Presque Isle Power Plan
- Valley Power Plant
- Pleasant Prairie Power Plant
- Port Washington Generating Station
The parent falcons nesting at the Valley Power Plant this year are Hercules (male) — back for his third year and an unbanded adult female. It is believed this is the same female that nested at the Valley Power Plant last year.
CLICK HERE to access We Energies’ blog on these peregrine falcons, and learn much more about the falcon pairs nesting at the various power plants this season.
CLICK HERE for the We Energies peregrine falcons home page.