Peregrine falcon chicks from We Energies Oak Creek plant banded, names announced
OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) -- One of the peregrine falcons living at the Oak Creek We Energies plant seemed angry Wednesday morning. Could it have been because the new chicks were just removed from the nest box?
Four fluffy baby falcons were brought inside Wednesday, but for a very good reason. The experts at the We Energies falcon program gave them their bands and announced to the world their new names.
"May" is one of this year's Oak Creek falcon chicks and We Energies says she is the 400th chick to be banded since this program started in 1992.
We Energies customers were asked to submit names for the chicks, naming them after the best of 1992.
So besides May, there's a male named "Favre," as in Brett Favre; a male named "Mario," as in Super Mario and another female named "Whitney" for Whitney Houston.
"Again, without all these nest boxes, these birds would have no place to call home," said Greg Septon, We Energies falcon recovery manager. "They would try nesting, but in many cases, when there aren't nest boxes, they'll nest on a narrow ledge or precarious spot and it rains or the wind blows and the eggs will fall off or the young will fall to their death."
These chicks are banded so that experts can track their movements, their life expectancy after they leave the nest boxes and other information.
You can look at the chicks in their nest boxes by clicking here.