MGE Peregrine Falcons

Falcon Chicks' Names Inspired by Babcock Dairy Ice Cream


MGE's four peregrine falcon chicks received their names and tracking bands during a ceremony at MGE's Blount Generating Station on Tuesday, June 12. The chicks hatched in the nesting box located high atop Blount in late May.

MGE worked with the UW-Madison Babcock Hall Dairy Plant to develop an ice cream theme for this year's names.

Fourth Falcon Chick Hatches


MGE's fourth and final peregrine falcon chick of 2018 hatched between Friday night and Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. The chick joins its three siblings that hatched between May 23 and 24 in the nesting box atop our Blount Generating Station in downtown Madison.

This is the ninth straight year four falcon chicks have hatched at Blount and the seventh consecutive year for Trudy, our female peregrine. She mated with Melvin, our male peregrine, for the fourth year in a row.

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