Westar's Falcon Chicks Now Have Names

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - It seems all four of Westar's peregrine falcon babies are spreading their wings, so, Wednesday, the company announced it has named them.

Westar employees who work with the falcon project chose Shawnee, a reference to Shawnee County, Kansas; Kansa, short for Kansas and a reference to the Native American tribe; Galvani for the famous discoverer/inventor of electricity; and Volta, also referring to the discoverer/inventor of electricity.

Westar officials say the names were chosen from popular suggestions they received in previous years and assigned based on traits the chicks have shown.

After several years of losing chicks to falls, Westar says it has received no reports of falcons injured or killed this year. Workers see the chicks and adults routinely, often perched on the Westar signs and communications tower in downtown Topeka.

The chicks' parents, Nemaha and Boreas, have nested atop Westar's downtown office building since 2011. Crews made changes to their nest box this year in hopes of keeping the young chicks from falling.

Click here to view Westar's live streaming falcon cams.

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