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First Peregrine Falcon chick hatches at Weston Three plant


ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) - Weston Power Plant officials are celebrating the birth of a new baby. That baby is a peregrine falcon chick.

Wisconsin Public Service Community Relations Director Kelly Zagrzebski says they’ve been watching closely this spring. “We have four eggs up in the nesting box above Weston unit number three, but we’ve been watching, and the first one hatched Tuesday afternoon.”

Zagrzebski says this is exciting because last year's clutch never hatched. "The female falcon laid two eggs last year, but they either weren't fertile or never made it to hatching."

A nesting couple of falcons has lived in the box atop Weston Three since 2009, and has had several successful clutches of chicks.

The endangered birds, which mate for life, have been returning to nesting locations along the Wisconsin River, and the Weston site is perfect for the birds to perch in.

WPS works with the Wisconsin Peregrine Falcon Foundation to maintain the nesting box and see to it the endangered birds are banded so they can be monitored in the future.

You can see baby pictures at the WPS website.