UW Oshkosh may not be the Home of The Falcon, but it is home to a continuing saga of Peregrine Falcon excitement. Since 2011, the roof of Gruenhagen Conference Center has been home to a nesting pair of falcons every year.
See below for a look at what’s happening in the UW Oshkosh nesting box right now, and read an overview of peregrine falcon activity at UW Oshkosh since 2011.
Julia (b/r) 19/W, feeding Strength and Courage – 2020
About Peregrine Falcons
Peregrine numbers had declined in the United States due to widespread use of DDT that started in the 1940s. DDT caused the eggs of peregrines and other raptor species to thin so much that many of the eggs broke during incubation. Once DDT was identified as the issue and was banned in 1972, raptors had accumulated so much DDT in their bodies and their bird numbers were so low that many species needed human help to regain their populations. In the meantime, habitat destruction was also taking away their opportunity to find proper nesting sites. So part of human intervention for Peregrine Falcons, who had been recorded on the Endangered Species List in 1970, came through the development of nesting boxes that were strategically installed high atop buildings and other structures within peregrine territories.
Help us fund the UW Oshkosh Peregrine Falcon project:
You can help us fund the UW Oshkosh Peregrine Falcon project by writing a check payable to UW Oshkosh with “Falcon project” on the memo line. Mail your check to the Sustainability Institute at the address below:
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Online donations can be submitted here.
What should I do if I find an injured falcon?
If found during campus business hours:
Call Dana Hartel, 424-4455
Call Josh Ruplinger, (920) 410-1546
If found after hours call, University Police: 424-1212