2019 Nesting Season
Falcons returned to Dairyland's Alma and Genoa falcon nesting sites in early March. Once they were established in their nesting boxes, they were identified through ID bands on their legs.
The pair of falcons at the Genoa Site are returning raptors: The female is Peta, who has been a resident female since 2016; the male was Marcelle, who has been a resident male since 2017. Last year they hatched four chicks - one male and three females. All four fledged from their nesting boxes in late June with ID bands on their legs.
Kiwi returned to the Alma site where he has been the resident male since 2013. Power was the female last year but the two were unable to produce any viable eggs most likely due to a mid-April snowstorm. This year a new female named Adeline has been spotted at the nest.
Dairyland’s Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program began in the 1990s. Counting the 2018 hatch, more than 130 falcons have fledged from Alma and Genoa Sites combined! This is a great testament to the power of collaboration between industry and the environment.