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.
As part of the Raptor Resource Project’s Peregrine Utility Program, we have placed nesting boxes high on the stacks of several 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 facilities along the Mississippi River and its tributaries since the start of the Peregrine Utility Program in 1988.