BirdLife Australia hooded plover workshops on Kangaroo Island

HOG BAY HOODIES: Les Montanjees in 2018 photographed a pair of hooded plovers and their chicks at Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island. Only one of the two chicks is in this photograph.
HOG BAY HOODIES: Les Montanjees in 2018 photographed a pair of hooded plovers and their chicks at Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island. Only one of the two chicks is in this photograph.

The hooded plover is Australia's most threatened beach-nesting bird.

Come and learn about their amazing behaviours and how to give them a helping hand at BirdLife Australia's free workshops at Penneshaw and Parndana on Kangaroo Island.

A report into the 2018 Hooded Plover Biennial Count on Kangaroo Island was being finalised.

Beach-nesting Birds Project coordinator Renée Mead said the hooded plover breeding season was now underway, with Kangaroo Island being the first location in South Australia and Victoria to have chicks hatch this season.

"It's very exciting," she said.

Hooded plovers are an easily recognisable threatened species that live on your local KI beaches. It's not every day you step onto the beach and see a threatened species

BirdLife Australia has been working to improve the conservation outlook for hooded plovers for over 15 years - but it takes a community to save these birds.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of this conservation project. They help with monitoring the birds, finding nests, recording information, and even with protecting nests and chicks or raising awareness.

Come along to an information session, where you'll learn more about the quirky behaviours of the hooded plover, and the role you can play in helping hooded plover conservation.

Learn from one of our beach-nesting bird experts as well as have the opportunity to meet other volunteers from the Friends of Hooded Plover Kangaroo Island group.

Beach trip included. Please bring binoculars (if you have them), drinking water and dress according to the weather (rain coat, sun hat, footwear etc). Beach trip includes a short drive to the site.

The Parndana workshop is 11.15am to 3.30pm on Friday, October 25 at the Parndana Bowls Club.

The Penneshaw workshop is 11.15am to 3.30pm on Saturday, October 26 at the Penneshaw CWA Hall.

Please RSVP to renee.mead@birdlife.org.au or call 0422 798 388 by October 23.

This project is supported BirdLife Australia, through funding from the Federal Government's National Landcare Program.

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