Five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair wins gold again — this time in We Energies’ peregrine falcon naming contest. “Birdie Blair,” the name in her honor, received the highest number of votes, followed by “Hero” in honor of Wisconsin’s Special Olympics athletes and “Warrior” in honor of Wisconsin’s Paralympic athletes.

People across the state were asked to vote to name the peregrine falcon chicks born at We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) power plants in honor of Wisconsin Olympic medalists.

With more than 10,000 votes cast, the top 10 names are:

 Birdie Blair — in honor of five-time gold-medal speedskater and Wisconsin resident Bonnie Blair-Cruikshank.

 So far, eight falcon chicks have hatched. They will formally receive their names and identification bands in coming days and weeks. In the meantime, you can watch them grow, build strength and learn to fly on We Energies’ live cameras.

In addition, two eggs were recently laid at the Weston Power Plant and more could be laid in the coming days. They should hatch in about a month.

Peregrine falcon program

We Energies and WPS began installing peregrine falcon nest boxes on power plants in the early ’90s. So far, 452 peregrine falcons have hatched at We Energies and WPS facilities — that’s 20% of all peregrine falcons born in Wisconsin.

This program is another way We Energies and WPS are building a bright, sustainable future. From helping endangered animals and restoring natural habitats, to building new solar facilities and reducing carbon emissions, we are committed to a cleaner future.