A belated Easter egg is providing a look at the next chapter in a remarkable recovery story. The first peregrine falcon egg of the season has been laid inside Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) Weston Power Plant nest box.
Proud peregrine papa Sheldon is once again playing a leading role in caring for the new arrival. He is back for his eighth nesting season at the Weston Power Plant nest box. An unbanded female falcon is starring opposite Sheldon, likely the same one that nested inside the box last year.
Both peregrine parents will take turns incubating their egg(s) during the coming weeks. If all goes well, the first chicks will begin hatching in a little over a month.
Now’s a great time to tune in to all of the live nest box cameras. There are eight more eggs to spot before they hatch inside nest boxes at We Energies facilities in Milwaukee and Oak Creek.
Peregrine falcon program
A total of 433 chicks have been born at WPS and We Energies power plants in Wisconsin and Michigan since the companies’ programs began in 1992. These chicks are 20% of all peregrine falcons born in the wild in Wisconsin, and have helped this endangered species recover from possible extinction.
This program is another way WPS and We Energies 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.