MGE Peregrine Falcons

Wisconsin Peregrine Nesting Season Begins Early


Some nesting sites across the state are seeing early activity by returning Peregrine Falcons. In fact, Bartell, a male falcon born at MGE's nesting box in 2015, has been spotted at the Briess Malt and Ingredients Co. nesting site in Manitowoc for his third year.

While our famous pair, Trudy and Melvin, have yet to be observed in MGE's nesting box this season, we have seen early activity the past two years. Last year, they arrived on Jan. 27.

MGE Falcons Featured in 2018 Wisconsin Falconwatch


Five adult peregrine falcons who hatched in the nesting box at MGE's Blount Generating Station in downtown Madison over the years produced chicks of their own at nesting sites across Wisconsin and Michigan in 2018. That's one of many facts in this year's Wisconsin Falconwatch, the annual nesting report authored by Wisconsin peregrine falcon expert Greg Septon.

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Falcon diving
Peregrine falcons are one of the world's fastest birds, being able to reach 200 miles per hour while diving from great heights to strike prey.
Falcon hatching
In 2018, a known total of 111 falcon chicks hatched at 36 nest sites in Wisconsin. 39% of those chicks were hatched at power plants which have dedicated nesting boxes.
Falcon population decline
Peregrine falcons are on Wisconsin's endangered species list. Historically the use of DDT pesticides resulted in the rapid decline in the falcon population. Falcons were nearly extinct in the 1960s.
Falcons around the world
Peregrine falcons can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
Falcon females can be 20% bigger than males
Female falcons can be up to 20% larger than male falcons.
Falcons diet
Peregrine falcons feed on a variety of birds including pigeons, ducks and songbirds as well as bats. They can catch their prey in mid-air.
Falcon means the wanderer in latin
Peregrine falcons get their name from the Latin word peregrinus, meaning "to wander."