peregrine falcon family

Peregrine falcons


You can watch the falcons on our webcams during nesting season, typically February through June.

We held a contest to name this year’s falcon chicks. Visit our blog to find out which Milwaukee sports legends had chicks named after them.

Videos

peregrine falcon history in Wisconsin video Peregrine falcon history
(30:59 min)
We Energies peregrine falcon video We Energies falcons
(5:06 min)
We Energies raptor programs video We Energies raptors
(2:01 min)

Background

Our support to re-establish peregrine falcons in Wisconsin began in the early 1990s. Both We Energies and our sister utility, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), are proud to be a part of that effort. Since 1996, 402 peregrine falcon chicks have been born, named and banded at our power plants in Wisconsin and Michigan. That means 22% of peregrine falcons born in the wild in Wisconsin in that time were born at We Energies and WPS facilities.

Peregrine falcons became endangered in the 1960s. Their decline was blamed on pesticides that weakened egg shells, leading to death before hatching. The falcons are drawn to tall structures along Lake Michigan or major rivers, which make many of our power plants ideal nesting sites.