Good news report: Peregrine falcons nesting at Dairyland sites
April 2, 2020
The 2020 Peregrine falcon nesting season is in full swing at Dairyland’s Genoa and Alma (Wis.) power plant nesting sites! The Genoa Site falcons (Marcelle and Peta) are incubating four eggs. (A typical clutch for a Peregrine is three to four eggs.) Marcelle and Peta have been the resident pair in Genoa since 2017.
The Alma Site pair (Mackey and an unbanded female) began egg-laying the first week of April; check out their progress on our Bird Cam! There was some speculation earlier this season that the Alma falcons might choose to nest on a nearby natural cliff dwelling, as they have sometimes done in the past. However, they clearly felt they were “safer at home” this year at the Dairyland nesting box.
Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program background:
Dairyland’s Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program began in the 1990s. Since then, 142 falcons have fledged from Alma and Genoa Sites combined! This is a great testament to the power of collaboration between industry and the environment.
In recent years, Peregrines at the Alma Site have sometimes used a nearby natural cliff dwelling as their chosen nesting site—a victory for program goals.
You can keep tabs on the nesting season at both the Alma and Genoa Sites via our better-than-ever Bird Cam. The Dairyland Bird Cam offers advertisement-free, continuous live video streaming of the two nesting boxes. Access the Bird Cam by clicking on the bird icon on our dairylandpower.com home page.