MGE Peregrine Falcons

MGE falcons fledge


The 2022 MGE falcons began to fledge June 26—just in time to help mark the return of Concerts on the Square to the Capitol Square. Aptly, Presto was the first to fledge Sunday, with Sonata and Harmony following on Tuesday. Maestro was the last to fledge mid-week.

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Welcome to the family!


MGE has announced the names of the 2022 falcon chicks.

This year's chicks have names that help celebrate the return of one of Madison's favorite community events to the Capitol Square—the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square.

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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 2019, a known total of 110 falcon chicks hatched at 37 nest sites in Wisconsin. 28% 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."