Peregrine Falcon Cam
Enjoy live streaming video of the Peregrine Falcon Nesting boxes at Pulliam power plant in Green Bay and Weston power plant in Rothschild.
Live Feed: Pulliam Falcon Cam
Live Feed: Weston Falcon Cam
- Enter our Name the Chicks Contest
What Are Peregrine Falcons?
Peregrine Falcons are birds of prey. That means they hunt other animals from high perches or while flying. They are about the size of a crow, with wings that can span 40 inches. As chicks, Peregrines are covered in fluffy white down. As adults, they have brownish gray and white feathers. Female Peregrines are larger than male Peregrines. They usually mate for life.
Five other kinds of falcons live in the United States. All falcons are known for beauty and speed.
Where Do Peregrines Live?
Peregrines can live almost anywhere except Antarctica. But they aren't very common. Years ago, they became endangered. Pesticide chemicals weakened their eggshells and kept them from hatching. Today, because many people have tried to help the Peregrines, they're coming back. In Wisconsin, Peregrines are again nesting along the Mississippi River, the Wisconsin River and near Green Bay and the Door County Peninsula. Most of them go to warmer areas for the winter.
What Do Peregrines Eat?
Peregrines hunt prey while perched on high perches or while flying. They catch small- or medium-sized birds while in mid-air. Sometimes they capture larger prey.
Where Do Peregrines Nest?
Peregrines like to nest on high cliffs or ledges. These nesting spots are called aeries. They are safe for the falcons and give the falcons a good view for hunting. Today, Peregrines often use tall buildings, power plant stacks and bridges for nesting.
Why Does WPS Care About Peregrines?
WPS is an electric company. We're a perfect partner for Peregrines because they like our tall power plants, which are located near water. We've built special nesting boxes for these birds of prey on the rooftops of our power plants. Since 1996, the Pulliam Power Plant has produced over 55 chicks. And since 2006, a total of 20 Peregrine chicks have hatched atop the Weston Power Plant. We watch them on our Falcon Cam and make sure they stay healthy until they leave the nest. Watch the news in the spring to hear about them!
Where Can You Learn More About Peregrines?
The Peregrine Fund is a group of people who work hard to help Peregrines and other birds of prey. Their website has great information, video and photos.
Name the Falcon Chicks Contest
Sponsored by WPS and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
- The contest will run from April 1 to May 1.
- All contestants must be in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
- Suggest one name for a falcon chick. Names do not have to be gender specific for a male or female.
- All entries must be received by May 5.
- Complete the online entry form or mail in the completed printable entry form.
Winning the Contest
- A panel of judges will select a name for each chick. Winners will be announced after the eggs hatch.
- There will be as many winners as there are falcon chicks. A person can only win once.
- If more than one person submits a selected name, the winning entry will be drawn at random.
- Prizes awarded are not redeemable for cash or any other consideration.
- Winners, along with their classroom in Brown County will be bused to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for a behind the scenes tour of their birds of prey exhibit.
- Winners in Marathon County will receive a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc. before the end of the school year.
- The individual winners will also receive a peregrine falcon T-shirt, a photograph showing them with the falcon chicks and a certificate of appreciation. Winners will also be invited to participate in the banding of the chicks scheduled for approximately late May.
Any questions about the contest should be directed to the Wildlife Sanctuary at 920-391-3677 or WPS at 920-433-1617.