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The first egg of the season in the five nesting boxes atop We Energies buildings. (PHOTO: We Energies)

First falcon egg of the season reminds us the world still turns

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In what is a perhaps a comforting the-world-still-turns moment, We Energies shared photos this week of the first egg of the peregrine falcon nesting season to be found in a nest at the Port Washington Generating Station.

There are five next boxes atop We Energies buildings – the Oak Creek, Menomonee Valley and Weston Power Plants and the Public Service Building in Green Bay – and you can check in on them using these live cameras.

The first egg is in the nest of Brinn and her mate, Beasley, who have been nesting together at Port Washington for four years. The two will take turns incubating their egg(s) until they hatch.

We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) are part of a statewide effort to bring back Wisconsin's population of peregrine falcons, which were added to the state's endangered species list in the 1970s.

"Since our first successful nest box in the mid-90s, 402 peregrine falcons have hatched at our facilities," reads a statement from We Energies. "The falcons are drawn to tall structures along Lake Michigan or major rivers, which make many of the We Energies and WPS facilities ideal nesting sites."

Peregrine falcon nest boxes have also been installed atop other tall Milwaukee-area structures, including the U.S. Bank building Downtown.

We Energies reports that nearly a quarter of all peregrine falcons born in the wild in Wisconsin were hatched at We Energies and WPS facilities.

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