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Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

For Release: 05/16/2017

Students showcase creativity with winning entries in "Name the Chick" contest

Inspired by an Academy Award-winning actor, a theme park ride and an aviation pioneer, eight names have been chosen for a group of newly-hatched peregrine falcon chicks as part of Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual "Name the Chick" contest.

The winning entries were chosen from more than 400 names submitted this year by K-8 students throughout northeastern and north central Wisconsin. Judges from WPS and Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary selected the eight names that will be given to the eight falcon chicks currently nesting at the Pulliam and Weston power plants.

This year's falcon names are:

Pulliam Power Plant chicks

  • "Soarin" – submitted by Lucy Meeuwsen, a seventh-grade student at De Pere Middle School. "This is a ride at [Walt] Disney World in Florida that provides a bird's-eye view of the world we live in," Meeuwsen explained.
  • "Orville" – submitted by Thomas Pfeifer, a fourth-grade student at Valley View School in Ashwaubenon. "I named it after Orville Wright, one of the inventors of the first airplanes," Pfeifer wrote.
  • "Serenity" – submitted by Norah Brooks, a sixth-grade student at Urban Middle School in Sheboygan. "I chose this name because it means the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled," wrote Brooks. "I also thought it was a beautiful name."
  • "Zoomarang" – submitted by Haylee Stoychoff, a second-grade student at Bay Harbor Elementary School in Suamico. "I think you should name one of the falcons 'Zoomarang,'" wrote Stoychoff, "since they fly up to 200 miles per hour! Just like a superhero they can zoom into action."

Weston Power Plant chicks

  • "Morgan Freebird" – submitted by Lamarr Lewis, an eighth-grade student at Goodman-Armstrong Creek School. "I chose this name because the life of a bird is something that deserves to get a great narrator like this," Lewis wrote.
  • "Daredevil" – submitted by Ben Backman, a third-grade student at the Kidstown School-Age Program in Mosinee. "They are so fast and dive so close to the ground. They are big gamblers," Backman explained of his entry.
  • "Descendant" – submitted by Emily Foster, a kindergarten student at Evergreen Elementary School in Rothschild. "It is a cool name for a bird," Foster wrote.
  • "Miracle" – submitted by Angela Xiong, a fifth-grade student at Weston Elementary School in Schofield. "I chose Miracle because the falcon will have a good life when it is born," wrote Xiong. "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."

Each student who submitted a winning entry receives an invitation to participate in the banding of the peregrine falcon chicks, a certificate and a photograph with the chicks. Each winner and their entire classroom also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary's Birds of Prey exhibit (Brown County winners), a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc. (Marathon County winners) or a classroom presentation from a peregrine falcon expert (winners outside Brown and Marathon counties).

WPS has been assisting with peregrine falcon nesting efforts since 1993, with chicks first hatching at the Pulliam Power Plant in 1996 and at the Weston Power Plant in 2006. In that time, 94 peregrine falcons have hatched inside the nesting boxes at both power plants.

Customers in Wisconsin and people around the world can watch a live feed of the activity inside the nesting boxes at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/falcons.

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