Students in northeast and north-central Wisconsin have a chance to name a peregrine falcon chick by submitting an entry in the Wisconsin Public Service and Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual Name the Chicks contest.
Entries are being accepted now through April 30.
For the second straight year, all kindergarten through eighth-grade students who attend school in the WPS service area may submit a name for one of the peregrine falcon chicks born inside the nest boxes at the energy company’s J.P. Pulliam and Weston power plants.
Students who submit a winning entry will receive a certificate, a photograph with the peregrine falcon chicks and an invitation to the banding of the peregrine falcon chicks in late May or early June.
In addition, winning submissions mean students’ classrooms will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s Birds of Prey exhibit, a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc. or a classroom presentation by a peregrine falcon expert.
To take part in the Name the Chicks contest, students must fill out the online entry form or mail a completed entry form to WPS or the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Links to the online and print forms can be found at https://accel.wisconsinpublicservice.com/environment (and then clicking the “Helping peregrine falcons” link on the right side).
Each student may enter only one name. If a name entered by more than one student is selected, the winner will be chosen through a random drawing.
Since 1996, more than 90 peregrine falcons have hatched inside the WPS nest boxes, helping increase the population of a species that remains endangered in Wisconsin.
WPS serves customers throughout northeast and north-central Wisconsin, including thousands of agriculture-related businesses. WPS recently hosted its 58th annual WPS Farm Show in Oshkosh.