MGE Peregrine Falcons

Falcons take flight!


All four of our falcon chicks have fledged (taken their first flight). Fledging usually happens six weeks after hatching. Most falcons will stay close to the nest for the next month and remain dependent on the adults until they can learn to hunt for themselves. We were able to catch each of them take flight in our video.

Banding Ceremony

Our peregrine falcon chicks were named to honor well-known Wisconsin aviators. Learn more about Steve Wittman, Paul Poberezny, William Mitchell and Jean Hauser and watch the banding process by checking out this video.

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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 2015, a known total of 97 falcon chicks hatched at 33 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."