Four falcon chicks hatched this week at our Green Bay Broadway facility, just in time for Mother's Day.
The dedication and selflessness of a mother is like no other. At Georgia-Pacific’s Green Bay Broadway facility, we are lucky to have a bird’s eye view of what it takes to be a mom.
Actually it’s a falcon’s view, as a family of Peregrine Falcons has made our facility their home. The falcons were first discovered in 2008 when the building was scheduled for demolition and an employee noticed large birds frequenting the area. Since then, we have created a nesting box and monitored their safety (they were placed on the Endangered Species List in 1975). We’ve also installed a camera allowing us to witness the birth of the babies each year.
The opportunity to observe these birds has been very impactful. The falcons, who mate for life, return each year to their nest to lay and raise their eggs beginning an inspiring process of teamwork. The mother and father falcon take turns guarding and warming their eggs for weeks until they are ready to hatch.
Once the babies hatch, we celebrate! Employees throw a naming contest and the winner receives a family pass to the local zoo. This week all four chicks arrived so we have four new names to pick out. Now the mother falcon will care for her babies in the nest while they learn to fly (and you thought teaching a teenager to drive was nerve-racking). Once they are ready to leave the nest, the young falcons are tagged by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Though we may leave our own “nests” and go out into the world, nothing will compare to the love of our mothers. This Mother’s Day, we at Georgia-Pacific appreciate everything mothers do—day in and day out. Thank you!