BirdLife Australia to host hooded plover conservation workshops on KI

BirdLife Australia is holding three workshops on Kangaroo Island where participants can learn more about Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird, the hooded plover.

The workshops will lead into the latest count and survey of hooded plovers on Kangaroo Island.

“Hoodies”, as they are known, do quite well on Kangaroo Island.  on KI. There are only 40 in NSW, while in 2014 at the time of the last survey, there were approximately 179 hoodies on KI.

Learn about the hooded plover’s amazing behaviours and how to give them a helping hand. 

Come and learn more about how local KI residents can help improve the conservation outlook for beach-nesting shorebirds.

These cryptic birds nest on the beach, and of course, our beaches are popular for human recreation.

Find out about the threats faced by these birds, efforts to improve their breeding success, and find out how you can help protect this threatened species. 

There are two main roles that people can play to help the hoodies.

KI residents can participate in the biennial count in November, which involves walking along a beach, recording all the beach-nesting birds you see – this survey only occurs once every two years.

A previous count by BirdLife Australia published in 2014 indicates hooded plovers (blue dots) are found around Kangaroo Island.

A previous count by BirdLife Australia published in 2014 indicates hooded plovers (blue dots) are found around Kangaroo Island.

If you’re keen to get a bit more involved, BirdLife Australia also needs some volunteers to help it with ongoing hooded plover nest monitoring.

Morning tea and lunch provided, and there is a field trip included, so please bring your binoculars and drinking water. Please dress according to the weather (rain coat, sun hat, appropriate footwear). Field trip will have a short drive to the site.

The Kingscote workshop is 9.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday, September 22 at The Boardroom, Kangaroo Island NRM Building, 35 Dauncey Street.

The American River workshop is also 9.30am to 2.30pm on Sunday, September 23 at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, 73 Scenic Drive.

The Flinders Chase workshop is 10.30am to 3pm on Monday, September 24 at the Flinders Baudin Research Centre, 442 Cape du Couedic Road.

Please RSVP to renee.mead@birdlife.org.au or phone (03) 9347 0757 ext 251.

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