Peregrine falcon nesting site update
A sure sign spring has arrived: Peregrine falcons are returning to their nesting sites after migrating to South America for the winter. Each March, the falcons return and are identified by their leg bands provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Raptor Resource Project. A falcon has been seen at Dairyland's Alma Site nesting box, but has yet to be identified. Stay tuned for news on the Alma nesting season via Dairyland's Bird Cam.
Genoa #3 nesting site news: Historically, Dairyland has had a nesting box at both Alma and Genoa locations. Due to the upcoming closure of G-3, the Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Endangered Resources requested that the box be removed prior to plant decommissioning. Dairyland’s Environmental department and the Raptor Resource Project are looking into future locations or uses for the G-3 nesting box. The falcons that previously inhabited the G-3 box are expected to nest in historic eyries on natural bluffs along the river valley. (Eyries are large nests created by a bird of prey, typically built high in a tree or on a cliff.)
The ultimate goal of the Raptor Resource Project’s utility nesting program is to increase the population to a level where they would return to their natural nesting location.