As we await the first peregrine falcon eggs of the season, We Energies is taking you inside each of the four nest boxes hosted at We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) power plants.
Next up, the Port Washington Generating Station:
First successful nest: 2000
Number of peregrine chicks hatched: 73
Most recent parents: Brinn and Beasley
This will be Brinn’s 10th year at the Port Washington Generating Station and Beasley’s seventh. Brinn was born in 2012 in Split Rock State Park in Minnesota. Beasley hatched at the former We Energies Milwaukee County Power Plant in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Together, they have produced 17 young.
Notable resident: Millennial
Millennial was born at the Port Washington Generating Station in 2017. He didn’t travel too far from home to establish his own nest site. He’s been calling the US Bank nest site in downtown Milwaukee his home for at least three years. He was also photographed in Evanston, Illinois, by photographer Walter Kitundu on Jan. 16, 2022. Last year, Greg Septon, peregrine falcon manager — We Energies, was able to document Millennial fighting off five different males competing for his territory. As if that weren’t enough, he was found injured in Veterans Park last March, but was treated at the Wisconsin Humane Society and released a few days later.
Up next: The start of the 2023 nesting season is just around the corner. Follow We Energies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all four nest sites and — if all goes well — a new class of chicks.
Later this spring, you can help We Energies name the chicks in a special naming contest sure to rally your team spirit.
In the meantime, read up on the Oak Creek nest box.
Peregrine falcon program
The peregrine falcon 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 Energies and WPS are committed to a cleaner future.