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The five peregrine falcon chicks hatched at the UWO nesting box atop Gruenhagen Hall as seen May 20, have been named after the Great Lakes.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is home to an impressive family of peregrine falcon chicks that are inching closer to their first flights.

Falcons Gaylord and Julia produced five offspring that have been living in the nesting box at Gruenhagen Conference Center. The box is visible from Wisconsin Avenue. It also may be watched via a peregrine live stream.

The five Peregrine chicks were banded May 20 and have been named Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario after the five Great Lakes.

Greg Septon, peregrine researcher and founder of the Wisconsin Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project in 1986, was on hand May 20 to attach the identifying leg bands and examine the young falcons.

The UW Oshkosh nesting box is among more than 30 active peregrine nests that are located around Wisconsin and produce more than 100 chicks annually.

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