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MGE Peregrine Falcons

MGE Falcons and Babcock Dairy Ice Cream: A Sweet Combination

Jul
13
2018

MGE teamed up with the UW-Madison Babcock Dairy Plant to name this year's falcon chicks born in May at MGE's Blount Generating Station in downtown Madison. The dairy and some of its most popular flavors inspired the names Babcock, Berry, Crazylegs and Neutrino.

2018 Falcons Take Flight!

Jul
05
2018

Crazylegs, Babcock, Berry and Neutrino have taken their first flight! While they are no longer hanging out in the nest box, they may stick close as they perfect their flying and hunting skills. We wish them well and hope to see them nesting in other locations in the future.

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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 2017, a known total of 117 falcon chicks hatched at 36 nest sites in Wisconsin. 32% 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."