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The 2016 Peregrine Falcon nesting season has been a great success! In May, Dairyland Environmental staff joined Raptor Resource Project and Wisconsin DNR personnel for the annual banding of the chicks at our Genoa power plant nesting site. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bands are attached to the falconsí legs for identification and tracking purposes.)
Three females and one male were banded and continue to grow at the Genoa Site nesting box.
In June, four falcons (again, three females and one male) were banded in Alma. Dairyland is pleased to report that the Alma Site falcons chose to nest on the bluff across from Dairylandís plant this year, instead of the nest box on the Alma power plant stack.
Dairylandís Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program began in the 1990s. Counting this yearís hatch, 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.