Peregrine Falcon chicks making progress atop WE Energies plant

two brothers officially tagged and tested

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by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE-Friday was a big day for the newly hatched Peregrine falcon chicks.

They were retrieved from their nesting box and their parents atop the We Energies Power Plant on Canal Street.
 

Falcon expert Greg Septon with the sometimes delicate, sometime challenging task of giving their wildlife bands and necessary blood tests.
 

Delighted fifth graders from Cedar grove Middle School got a front row seat.
They've been studying falcons and got the honors of naming the newest editions.

Rocket after their mascot and Wildcat

Although sometimes it's hard to tell which is which.
 

And who was more intrigued these little guys looking up at the stranger new creature around them, or the delight these young people had in seeing nature up close and taking part in helping to restore this endangered population.
 

This has been a long term commitment by We Energies which started putting up nesting boxes in the 1990's.

It's had several successful hatchings and says it's dedicated to getting the peregrine falcon off the endangered species list in Wisconsin.

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