Peregrine falcons nest again at GRE

Peregrine falcons are nesting again atop the Great River Energy power plant in Elk River.

The male, Sawatzke, hatched in 2009 at a power plant in Monticello and nested at GRE last year. The female, Mary Ellen, hatched in 2012 at Queens Bluff, according to GRE’s website.

Mary Ellen laid three eggs in April.

This is the seventh year in a row that peregrines have nested at the GRE power plant.

A “bird cam” keeps tabs on the nest box. To see the birds, go to

A Boy Scout built the original nesting box at GRE as part of his Eagle Scout project in 2006. The box was replaced in 2010 as a local Elk River student’s 4-H project.

The power plant is located at 17845 Highway 10, overlooking the Mississippi River.