There’s now a baby on board at Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) Weston Power Plant. The first peregrine falcon egg of the year arrived Sunday inside the facility’s nest box.

Proud peregrine papa Sheldon is nesting at the Weston Power Plant for his seventh straight year. He’s caring for the egg with an unbanded female falcon who arrived at the nest box earlier this month.

The peregrine parents will take turns incubating their egg(s) over the coming weeks. If all goes well, the first chicks will begin hatching in a little over a month.

A peregrine falcon egg resting on top of gravel inside a nest box.

Now’s the perfect time to tune into the live nest box cameras. They’re providing a “bird’s-eye” view of 10 more eggs preparing to hatch inside nest boxes at We Energies facilities in Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Port Washington.

Look for egg-citing updates as well on Twitter and Facebook.

Peregrine falcon program

WPS and We Energies began installing peregrine falcon nest boxes on power plants in the early ’90s. So far, 421 peregrine falcons have hatched at WPS and We Energies facilities — that’s 20% of all peregrine falcons born in Wisconsin.

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.