Ring out ahoya, Marquette fans! “Iggy” the peregrine falcon chick has been spotted in the wild for the first time since she left the nest.
Iggy — named after Marquette’s mascot Iggy the Golden Eagle — was born in spring 2023 at the Valley Power Plant. After a peregrine falcon chick leaves the nest, sightings are rare.
Iggy was recently spotted at the Highlands Heron Rookery in Highland, Indiana. Perhaps she is spying on Marquette rival Notre Dame.
Iggy (right) was identified thanks to the band placed on her leg. The combination of colors, letters and numbers helps identify all falcons born at We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) power plants.
New nesting season report
Iggy was one of 11 chicks born during another highly successful nesting season for We Energies and WPS. The details are laid out in the newly released 2023 Peregrine Falcon Nesting Season Report.
A total of 444 peregrine falcons have been born at We Energies and WPS power plants since the program began in 1992. That means 20% of all peregrine falcons born in Wisconsin during that time hatched at We Energies or WPS facilities, helping the endangered species escape possible extinction.
The countdown is on to the arrival of a new group of chicks. Watch for updates this spring as We Energies and WPS continue helping peregrine falcons nest and raise their young at power plants across Wisconsin.
The peregrine falcon program is just one 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.