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And (newest) baby makes three for peregrine falcons atop I&M HQ

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Indiana Michigan Power is asking classrooms for grades 5 and under in Allen County to assist in the naming of these baby chicks. Interested classes should submit one falcon name by email to Erica Putt (ehputt@aep.com) by May 13. Be sure to include the name of the school, the grade level of the class, and the teacher's contact information.

The gender of the chicks will not be known before they are banded on the leg with IDs by Indiana Department of Natural Resources biologists, so keep that in mind when submitting names.

I&M will ask its social media followers to vote on their favorite name.

Depending on the size of the classroom winners, one or more classes will have the opportunity to be present when the chicks are banded.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 3:33 pm

The third of four eggs has hatched and a fuzzy chick emerged Wednesday morning in a nesting box atop Indiana Michigan Power Co.'s headquarters in Fort Wayne in the One Summit Square building. The company is asking for schoolchildren's help in naming the chicks.

Parents Moxie, a 2-year-old female, came to Fort Wayne from Canton, Ohio, while Jamie, a 3-year-old male, migrated from Port Sheldon, Mich. Moxie laid four eggs this spring.

Both falcons lived at One Summit Square last year but did not reproduce, according to an I&M news release. The box had been used for 14 years by Freedom, a female, and Roosevelt — hatched in 1995 in Columbus, Ohio — who've had 36 chicks since 1996. The last time they had eggs in the box was 2008.

Peregrine falcons usually mate for life and lay three-five eggs between March and April. The eggs usually hatch 32 days later.

However, that pairing appears to be over. Roosevelt didn't show up at the nesting box last year. Freedom was one of 15 falcons released by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in December 1994 in Evansville in an effort to bring back the population.

See the falcons online at I&M's “FalconCam,” which updates an image of the falcons' nest every 15 seconds. It's at http://www.aep.com/environment/falconcam