2020 Peregrine Falcon Chick Names Inspired by Earth Day

MGE welcomes April, Nelson, Terra and Verde to the falcon family!

2020 MGE falcon chicks

Madison, Wis., June 10, 2020—Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) today announced the names of four peregrine falcons that hatched in the nesting box on top of its Blount Generating Station in May. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, MGE named the chicks: April, Nelson, Terra and Verde. 

Earlier this week, Wisconsin peregrine falcon expert Greg Septon banded the chicks at Blount. The bands allow experts to track the birds throughout their lifetimes.

About the MGE falcons

  • MGE has had 46 falcons hatch at Blount since 2009.
  • The MGE falcons have had a better than 97% hatch rate.
  • The birds first began nesting at the power plant in 2009, 10 years after MGE installed the nesting box.
  • Falcons prefer power plants and other tall buildings as nesting sites.
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Trudy, the female falcon, laid four eggs in April. Trudy and her mate, Melvin, have been busy feeding the four chicks that hatched in May.

  • April, a female, was named to recognize the month that Earth Day is celebrated each year.
  • Nelson, a male, is named for the Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, who served as governor of Wisconsin and as a U.S. senator.
  • Terra, a female, is named for a word that means earth or land in a variety of languages.
  • Verde, a male, is named for a word that translates to green in a variety of languages. It represents the color often found in nature. 
The peregrine falcon is listed as endangered in Wisconsin. Due to pesticide use in the 1960s, peregrines were declared extinct in the state. Falcons were reintroduced in the 1980s and have made a slow, steady comeback due to statewide efforts and nesting boxes like the one at Blount.

For more information on MGE’s falcons, please visit mge.com/falcons. Visit MGE's YouTube channel to watch a video of the falcon chicks being banded.

About MGE
MGE generates and distributes electricity to 155,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 163,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE’s parent company is MGE Energy, Inc. The company’s roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.

Kaya Freiman - Corporate Communications Manager
Madison Gas and Electric
608-252-7276 | kfreiman@mge.com