Wisconsin Public Service says of the 56 submitted entries, four winners have been chosen in the Peregrine Falcon-Naming Contest.
The contest asked students grades K-8 to submit names for four chicks hatched this year from the nest on the roof of the WPS Weston Power Plant near the Wisconsin River in Rothschild.
The winning falcon names are:
-Skydancer– submitted by Rose Wolfgram, 6th grader at Newman Catholic Schools in Wausau. Skydancer was chosen because falcons are like the king of the sky and they like to dance.
-P.J. – submitted by Logan Johnson, 3rd grader from KIDStown Before and After School. The idea came from the thought that the falcon chicks look fluffy like pajamas.
-Lacey – submitted by Victoria Rossi, 1st grader from Our Saviors Lutheran Elementary school. Lacey was selected to honor Victoria’s dog that passed away.
-Snow - submitted by Riley Wendland, 5th grader from Maine Elementary school. Snow was selected because when the babies are born there fur is like white snow and when the chicks grow up he would want them to have something that represents what they looked like when they were a young.
The Weston rooftop nesting spot has produced 16 Peregrine chicks since the nest box was built by plant employees and anchored on the roof in 2000.
Greg Septon, President of the Wisconsin Peregrine Trust has been monitoring the activity at Weston and 14 other nesting sites in the state. Septon said, “Four eggs were laid between April 10 and April 12 and all four hatched this year. It’s not uncommon for nesting locations to have a variable number of chicks produced. This re-emphasizes the importance of the Peregrine recovery program and its efforts to keep the Wisconsin endangered bird in existence.”
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