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MGE Peregrine Falcons

Falcon chicks are growing!

May
22
2017

Trudy and Melvin have been extremely busy tending to the needs of their growing newborns. Peregrines change from their fluffy state at hatching to brown juveniles in only five weeks. Keep an eye on the family by checking out our falcon cam!

Fourth egg hatched Friday!

May
15
2017

The fourth and final egg hatched on Friday afternoon! A total of 35 Peregrine Falcons have hatched in the nesting box atop Blount Generating Station since 2009. Watch our falcon cam to see the chicks grow right before your eyes!

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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 2016, a known total of 103 falcon chicks hatched at 34 nest sites in Wisconsin. 37% 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."