It's the world's fastest bird, and students from kindergarten through eighth grade have the chance to name it!
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary are looking for entries for their annual "Name the Chick" contest to find the best names for peregrine falcon chicks hatched this spring.
The contest runs until April 25.
K-8 students can submit names for the falcon chicks hatched this spring inside nesting boxes at WPS' Pulliam and Weston Power Plants.
WPS has been aiding peregrine falcon nesting efforts since 1993, with chicks first hatching in 1996. The utility’s J.P. Pulliam and Weston Power Plants both feature peregrine falcon nesting boxes, where more than 80 chicks have hatched in the past two decades.
The winners will receive a photograph with the peregrine falcon chicks, a certificate and an invitation to participate in the banding of the chicks in late May or early June.
Each winner, along with their entire classroom, will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s Birds of Prey exhibit, a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc. or a classroom presentation from a peregrine falcon expert.
To take part in the contest, students must fill out the “Name the Chick” online contest entry form. Each student is allowed to submit only one name for the contest. If a name entered by more than one student is selected, the winner will be chosen through a random drawing.