Public can help name falcon chicks

Jeffery FrischkornWhile the expected closure of Akron-based FirstEnergy’s Eastlake coal-fired power plant still up in the air at least for this year the peregrine falcon nesting box remains.

And active, too. As does the falcon-nesting box at the utilitiy's Lake Shore plant in Cleveland.

In all, eight falcon chicks are being raised in the two boxes and the public has an opportunity to help name the youngsters.

Interested persons can “tweet” their best names for the falcons to @FirstEnergyCorp and include the hashtag #fefalcons.

The deadline for submissions is  noon on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

FirstEnergy Co. representatives will review public submissions as well as suggestions from FirstEnergy employees.

The best names will be presented to Ohio DNR officials who will pick the winners and bestow names on the chicks when they are banded with identification tags.

In the past, all the falcon chicks hatched at FirstEnergy’s Eastlake plant were given names submitted by the utility’s employees but is now opened to the public as well, says corporate and Natural Resources officials.

The three Lake Shore falcon chicks will be banded on Thursday, May17, while banding of the five Eastlake chicks is expected later this month.

Since 2005, nearly 40 peregrine falcon chicks have been born at three FirstEnergy power plants.

Categories: Ohio – Jeffrey Frischkorn

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