The peregrine falcons have made a comeback! Every year, we anticipate the return of these remarkable birds to Consumers Energy’s J.H. Campbell Generating Complex in Port Sheldon Township. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, four female chicks and their two protective parents nest on a tall platform at the power plant. The chicks are about 30 days old.
Peregrine Falcons’ Background in Michigan
- Peregrine falcons were nearly extinct in the U.S. by the early 1990s
- In 1995, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with Consumers Energy to build nesting boxes on high platforms of power plants
- Since 2004, at least 30 chicks have nested on J.H. Campbell’s platform
- Peregrine falcons are still endangered in Michigan
As part of the program to keep track of peregrine falcons in Michigan, the four chicks were banded with state and federal identification bracelets on their legs. The bands help monitor their development and whereabouts. Chicks banded at the Campbell plant have been spotted in locations as far as Marquette, Detroit and Chicago.
Facts About Peregrine Falcons
Peregrine falcons are extraordinary birds that Consumers Energy is proud to partner to protect. Here are a few facts you might not know:
- Females are larger than the males
- The birds prefer to nest on high cliff edges and tall man-made structures
- Peregrine falcons are known for their speed − reaching over 200 mph while swooping to hunt prey
- They can be found everywhere on Earth, except for extreme arctic regions and tropical rainforests