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Peregrine falcon chicks have names

In this still frame taken from video, a peregrine falcon feeds her chicks in a nesting box at the Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay May 15, 2017. (Image courtesy Wisconsin Public Service)

(WLUK) -- Peregrine falcon chicks at power plants in Green Bay and Weston now have names.

Judges from Wisconsin Public Service and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary selected the names from submissions by school children. WPS says kindergarteners through eighth graders submitted 400 names.

Four eggs hatched last week in a nesting box at the Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay. Four more hatched at the Weston Power Plant near Wausau.

The falcons at the Pulliam plant are named:

  • Soarin
    Submitted by Lucy Meeuwsen, a seventh-grade student at De Pere Middle School, who wrote: “This is a ride at [Walt] Disney World in Florida that provides a bird’s-eye view of the world we live in.”

  • Orville
    Submitted by Thomas Pfeifer, a fourth-grade student at Valley View School in Ashwaubenon, who wrote: “I named it after Orville Wright, one of the inventors of the first airplanes."

  • Serenity
    Submitted by Norah Brooks, a sixth-grade student at Urban Middle School in Sheboygan, who wrote: “I chose this name because it means the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled. I also thought it was a beautiful name.”

  • Zoomarang
    Submitted by Haylee Stoychoff, a second-grade student at Bay Harbor Elementary School in Suamico, who wrote: “I think you should name one of the falcons ‘Zoomarang,’ since they fly up to 200 miles per hour! Just like a superhero they can zoom into action.”

The Weston falcons are named:

  • Morgan Freebird
    Submitted by Lamarr Lewis, an eighth-grade student at Goodman-Armstrong Creek School, who wrote: “I chose this name because the life of a bird is something that deserves to get a great narrator like this."

  • Daredevil
    Submitted by Ben Backman, a third-grade student at the Kidstown School-Age Program in Mosinee, who wrote: “They are so fast and dive so close to the ground. They are big gamblers."

  • Descendant
    Submitted by Emily Foster, a kindergarten student at Evergreen Elementary School in Rothschild, who wrote: “It is a cool name for a bird."

  • Miracle
    Submitted by Angela Xiong, a fifth-grade student at Weston Elementary School in Schofield, who wrote: “I chose Miracle because the falcon will have a good life when it is born. It will do challenging stuff and he will also have a good life knowing that he/she lived well. It will have a miracle in its life, like almost everybody has one.”

The students whose names were chosen will be invited to participate in the chicks' banding and receive certificates and photographs with the birds. Their classrooms also receive a tour of the BBWS' Birds of Prey exhibit, a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group or a classroom presentation from a peregrine falcon expert.

WPS says 94 eggs have hatched at its plants since 1996.

You can watch a live stream of the falcon nests at WPS' website. The feed rotates between the two power plants.

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