Westar Reports Death Of Peregrine Falcon Chick


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Westar Energy delivered sad news Friday about one of its three peregrine falcon chicks.

The chick they called Joule has died. Joule is the young bird that was rescued from the street below the nesting box atop Westar's downtown headquarters earlier this month, following a night of high winds. She was examined and didn't appear injured, so crews returned her to the box. Westar says it's not known if her death was ultimately related to the fall.

A post on Westar's Facebook page says the two other chicks are doing well:

Sightings of the other chicks have been positive and we have every reason to believe that they are being trained by their parents in the Topeka area and are doing fine. We see the chicks and adults routinely, often running along the ledge of the building, or perched on our Westar signs and communications tower.

Biologist Brad Loveless, who leads Westar's environmental work, says peregrine chicks have about a 50 percent survival rate in the wild.

Posted by Melissa Brunner

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