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For almost two decades, peregrine falcons have made their homes in a nest high atop the 26-story AEP Building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can watch nesting families of this raptor species via webcam, thanks to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Soarin’ Hawk Avian Rescue, and Indiana Michigan Power.Moxie and Jamie, the adult Peregrine Falcons nesting atop the One Summit Square building, are the proud parents of three baby chicks that recently hatched.  Moxie, the two-year-old mother, and Jamie, the three-year-old father, are awaiting the hatching of a fourth egg.
Falcon followers can check for a peak of the new baby birds at I&M's FalconCam online at http://www.aep.com/go/falconcam/, where an image of the falcon's nest is updated every 15 seconds.

I&M is asking classrooms grades 5 and under within Allen County to assist in the naming of these new baby chicks.

Interested classes should submit one falcon name by email to Erica Putt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday, May 13. Please be sure to include the name of the school, the grade level of the class, and the teacher's contact information. The sex of the chicks will not be known prior to the banding so please keep this in mind when submitting names. We will then ask our social media followers to vote on their favorite name. Depending on the size of the classroom winners, one or more classes will have the opportunity to be present when the chicks are banded.

The online FalconCam project was developed by I&M, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and two nature conservation groups, Soarin' Hawk and the Stockbridge Audubon Society. In 1994, IDNR, I&M, Soarin' Hawk and the Audubon Society constructed the nest box on One Summit Square with the first successful nesting with chicks occurring in 1996. From 1996 through 2007, 36 chicks have been fledged at this site.

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