Name the falcon chicks contest 2017 winners

Each student who submitted a winning entry received an invitation to participate in the banding of the peregrine falcon chicks, a certificate and a photograph with the chicks. Each winner and their entire classroom also received a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc.

  • Morgan Freebird - submitted by Lamarr Lewis, an eighth-grade student at Goodman-Armstrong Creek School. "I chose this name because the life of a bird is something that deserves to get a great narrator like this," Lewis wrote.
  • Daredevil - submitted by Ben Backman, a third-grade student at the Kidstown School-Age Program in Mosinee. "They are so fast and dive so close to the ground. They are big gamblers," Backman explained of his entry.
  • Descendant - submitted by Emily Foster, a kindergarten student at Evergreen Elementary School in Rothschild. "It is a cool name for a bird," Foster wrote.
  • Miracle - submitted by Angela Xiong, a fifth-grade student at Weston Elementary School in Schofield. "I chose Miracle because the falcon will have a good life when it is born," wrote Xiong. "It will do challenging stuff and he will also have a good life knowing that he/she lived well. It will have a miracle in its life, like almost everybody has one."

Nesting photos

The falcons leaving the nest (Jun 20-27).

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Meet Morgan Freebird, Daredevil, Descendant and Miracle.

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Getting so big.

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Stretching our wings.

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Feeding time.

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Feeding time.

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Waiting for food.

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The sleeping chicks.

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Mother and chicks in the nest

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Mother keeping the chicks warm. It's getting harder as they get bigger.

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The four chicks staying warm.

The fourth chick was hatched sometime during the night. This is a video early morning of the next day.

Video of feeding time

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Both parents helping with feeding.

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Both parents in the nest with the chicks.

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Feeding time. The parents bring the food to the nest and put it in the chicks mouth.

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Three chicks hatched. The second and third chick hatched overnight.

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One of the parents watching over the chick after hatching.

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The first chick after hatching on May 10.

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There are four eggs in the nest. A typical nest has 3-4 eggs.

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Covering the eggs to keep them warm. Both male and female falcons sit on the nest.

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Rosalee laid a third egg on April 5 about 3:30 pm.

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Sheldon standing over the eggs

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Two eggs in the nest

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First egg in the nest

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Sheldon sitting on the first egg. Both parents share in keeping the eggs warm.

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Sheldon watching over the nesting box.

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Rosalee joins Sheldon in the nesting box. She is back for the third straight year too.

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Sheldon seems to enjoy spring in central Wisconsin. He's back at the nesting box for a third straight year.




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