News release from Indiana Michigan Power:
I&M asking local classrooms for assistance in naming Falcon chicks
(May 1, 2013) – Moxie and Jamie, the adult Peregrine Falcons nesting atop the One Summit Square building, are the proud parents of three baby chicks that recently hatched. Moxie, the two-year-old mother, and Jamie, the three-year-old father, are awaiting the hatching of a fourth egg.
Falcon followers can check for a peak of the new baby birds at I&M’s FalconCam online, where an image of the falcon’s nest is updated every 15 seconds. Photo and video updates are also provided on I&M’s social media pages.
I&M is asking classrooms grades 5 and under within Allen County to assist in the naming of these new baby chicks. Interested classes should submit one falcon name by email to Erica Putt () by Monday, May 13. Please be sure to include the name of the school, the grade level of the class, and the teacher’s contact information. The sex of the chicks will not be known prior to the banding so please keep this in mind when submitting names. We will then ask our 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.
The online FalconCam project was developed by I&M, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and two nature conservation groups, Soarin’ Hawk and the Stockbridge Audubon Society. In 1994, IDNR, I&M, Soarin’ Hawk and the Audubon Society constructed the nest box on One Summit Square with the first successful nesting with chicks occurring in 1996. From 1996 through 2007, 36 chicks have been fledged at this site.
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,500 employees serve more than 582,000 customers. It operates 3,595 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,110 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company also provides its customers 250 MW of purchased wind generation.
I&M is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 39,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.