The vote was incredibly close but Norby topped Clash by a beak as the top vote-getter in this year’s peregrine falcon naming contest. Norby received 24.7% compared to Clash, which received 23.7% of the vote.
People across Wisconsin were asked to share their school spirit and vote to name Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) peregrine falcon chicks in honor of the state’s most beloved college mascots.
With over 6,500 votes cast, the top 10 names are:
- Norby — in honor of Norby the Green Knight, St. Norbert College
- Clash — in honor of Clash the Titan, University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh
- Ollie — in honor of Ollie the Owl, Waukesha County Technical College
- Ember — in honor of Ember the Firebird, Carthage College
- Stryker — in honor of Stryker the Eagle, University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
- Bucky — in honor of Bucky Badger, University of Wisconsin—Madison
- Pete — in honor of Pio Pete, Carroll University
- Roscoe — in honor of Roscoe Raider, Milwaukee School of Engineering
- Phlash — in honor of Phlash the Phoenix, University of Wisconsin—Green Bay
- Iggy — in honor of Iggy the Golden Eagle, Marquette University
These names will be given to the peregrine falcon chicks at WPS and We Energies power plants this spring.
Even though voting is done, you can still watch the chicks on WPS’ live cameras as they continue to grow, build strength and learn to fly. They won’t leave the nest for a few more weeks.
The falcon chicks will formally receive their names and identification bands in the coming days and weeks.
Peregrine falcon program
A total of 433 chicks have been born at WPS and We Energies power plants in Wisconsin and Michigan since the program began in 1992. That means 20% of all peregrine falcons born in the wild in Wisconsin during that time hatched at WPS and We Energies facilities, helping the endangered bird escape 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.