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Peregrine Falcons Back at Power Plant

WPS Corporate Communications

Springtime is just around the corner.

That’s welcome news for many people and animals, including a pair of birds back for the season.

Atop a tall, gray structure at the Weston Power Plant, two peregrine falcons have found the perfect home.

Sheldon and Rosalee have nested at the power plant for the past five years.

They returned just weeks ago – ready for year six.

Peregrine falcons typically look for a home in cliffs near water.

“Our power plants provide the man-made equivalent of that,” Matt Cullen, a communications specialist with WEC Energy Group, said. “They have these tall structures, tall ledges where the peregrine falcons can next, and often times they’re located near a source of water.”

Because power plants are made by humans, the nesting boxes come equipped with cameras.

That means anyone can watch a livestream of the birds any time they want.

Cullen said springtime is an exciting to time to watch.

“We’re anticipating they’ll lay eggs once again this year, and that’s where they’ll raise their young before the young peregrine falcons leave the nest later on this year,” he said.

Peregrine falcons were endangered in Wisconsin in the 1970s.

Since then, hundreds of falcons have hatched at WPS and We Energies facilities.

To watch and listen to the falcons live, visit WEC Energy Group's webcams.

Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
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