ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) — Peregrine falcons are back and nesting at the Wisconsin Public Service Weston Power Plant in Rothschild.
“WPS is part of a statewide effort to restore the peregrine falcon population. Since the
company’s first successful nest boxes in 1996, over 100 peregrine falcons have hatched at
WPS facilities, helping a species that was once near extinction grow and recover in Wisconsin,” according to a news release from WPS.
Fan favorites Sheldon and Rosalee are back at the Rothschild location for their fifth year together – and there are already two eggs in the nest.
Sheldon and Rosalee will take turns incubating the eggs over the next month or so.
You can watch them on the nest cam here.
Here’s some history on the peregrine falcon according to WPS:
Native to Wisconsin, peregrines originally nested on high bluffs along the Mississippi, St. Croix and Wisconsin rivers as well as the Door Peninsula.
In the 1960s, the population declined due to the pesticide DDT, which weakened peregrine eggshells and prevented hatching.
As a result, peregrines disappeared from the eastern United States, including Wisconsin.
Since 1996, we have been helping re-establish the population. Through 2017, nest boxes at our Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay and the Weston Power Plant in Rothschild have produced 117 chicks.