Falcon Update 2015
During the nesting season, MGE regularly posts images of the falcons inside a nesting box atop the Blount power plant.
Monday, March 30, 2015: MGE is pleased to announce its female, Trudy, laid her first egg for the season on Saturday, March 28, 2015. We hope to see more eggs in the coming days! Typically both parents share incubating duties, but the female generally does most of the incubating. Click the video clip to see Trudy incubating her egg. Since falcons began using the Blount nesting box in 2009, twenty-three chicks have hatched.
- Peregrine falcons are on Wisconsin’s endangered species list. Falcons were nearly extinct in the 1960s.
- In 2014, a known total of 97 falcon chicks hatched at 31 nest sites in Wisconsin.
- 47% of those chicks were hatched at power plants, which have dedicated nesting boxes for these magnificent birds.
MGE's Falcon History
MGE's peregrine falcon stewardship began in 1999 when an employee and his son built a nesting box for the son's school project. MGE installed the nesting box atop its Blount Generating Station just east of downtown Madison in 1999 where it remained unoccupied for 10 years. Falcons finally began using the box in 2009.
Since 2009, 23 falcon chicks have hatched at Blount.
From 2009 to 2011, a nesting pair of falcons (Frightful, the mother, and Vern, the father) successfully hatched 11 chicks. In 2012, a female fought Frightful for the territory and displaced her for the nesting season. The new mother falcon was dubbed In-Trudy. She along with father falcon Vern hatched four chicks. The mother, now referred to as Trudy, has hatched four eggs each year through 2014.
Now, in 2015, they have returned. This is one of their later arrivals since they began using our Blount power plant as their home.
Learn more about falcons:
- A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources expert explains how the falcon parents teach the young to fly.
- A National Geographic video shows the amazing speed and skill of adult falcons in the air.
- Learn more about local falcons with "Wisconsin Falconwatch 2014" [4.0 MB PDF] published by falcon expert Greg Septon.