To kick off the 2023 peregrine falcon nesting season, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is taking you inside each of the four nest boxes hosted at WPS and We Energies power plants.
First up, the Oak Creek Power Plant nest box:
First successful nest: 1998
Number of peregrine chicks hatched: 78
Most recent parents: Michael and Essity
This will be Michael’s seventh year at the Oak Creek Power Plant and Essity’s fourth. Michael hatched at the Racine County Courthouse nest site in 2015. Essity was born at the Essity Mill nest site in Menasha, Wisconsin, in 2018. Together, they are the proud parents of 11 chicks.
Notable residents: The Beak Freak and Atlanta
- The Beak Freak hatched in the Oak Creek nest box in 2019 and was named in honor of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as “The Greek Freak.” The Beak Freak was last spotted in 2020 at the Valero Renewables nest site in Jefferson, Wisconsin.
- Atlanta holds a special place in the heart of WPS peregrine falcon manager, Greg Septon. She was born in 1996 at the Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay. She was later found shot in Indiana and had to undergo extensive rehabilitation before being released again into the wild. Atlanta not only survived, but thrived, eventually settling at the Oak Creek Power Plant where she nested for 12 years and produced 41 young.
Later this spring, you can help WPS name the chicks in a special naming contest sure to rally your team spirit.
Peregrine falcon program
The peregrine falcon 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, WPS and We Energies are committed to a cleaner future.