KRONENWETTER (WAOW)– The newest group of Peregrine Falcon chicks at the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Weston power plant were banded and named on Friday.
The three males named Knox, Talon, and Stark, along with one female named Frosty, had their names chosen from a group of submissions by Marathon Area Elementary School first graders.
The WPS power plant in Weston was the first one to start a nesting program in 1993, the Green Bay plant had the first group of Peregrine Falcons hatch in a nesting box in 1996 and the Weston plant had its first group of chicks hatch in 2006.
The program WPS started plays a key role in conserving the Peregrine Falcon population, with 36 successful nesting pairs in 2018 accounting for 111 chicks. The falcon population is the rarest raptor in the state of Wisconsin.
“I love seeing the school kids and the naming contest here because you get buy in. This isn’t something they’ll be,” Greg Septon, Peregrine Falcon Manager and Researcher said.
More information about the Peregrine Falcon program can be found here.