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Peregrine Falcons

A return from near-extinction

Peregrine falcons were nearly extinct in the Midwest a decade ago. The falcons themselves have no real predators, but their eggs are targeted by animals such as raccoons.

Peregrine falconAs part of the Raptor Resource Project’s Peregrine Utility Program we have placed nesting boxes high on the stacks of seven of our generating stations. High above the ground, the falcons’ eggs have the greatest chance of hatching.

More than 1,000 young falcons have hatched at power plants along the Mississippi River and its tributaries since the start of the in Peregrine Utility Program in 1988.