While 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 utilities 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 Company representatives will review public submissions as well as suggestions from FirstEnergy employees.
Then the best The best names will be presented to Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials who will
pick the winners and bestow names on the chicks when they are banded with identification tags.
In the past, those falcon chicks hatched at the Eastlake plant were given names selected by FirstEnergy employees.
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.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn