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|About||This is the official page of BirdLife Australia's Hooded Plover Recovery Project which began in 2006, focusing on Research, Education and On-ground Actions|
BirdLife Australia's recovery project for the Hooded Plover began in 2006 with the aim of improving breeding success of the Hooded Plover and protecting important habitat.
The project is multi-faceted, coordinates many partner organisations and established Friends of the Hooded Plover groups across Victoria and South Australia to monitor and protect breeding pairs.
In collaboration with universities such as Deakin University, we carry out research to inform the direction of the program and fill critical knowledge gaps. We have a major education program with school incursions and community awareness raising events and targeted educational materials.
We also ensure that land managers and volunteers who participate in recovery actions and monitoring are trained and equipped with specialist knowledge and skills, to ensure our interventions assist the species and do not add to their woes.
We are always looking for more volunteers to assist this species as we have a big task ahead of us to protect and understand them, as well as to bring the community along in caring for this amazing coastal dependent shorebird.
'Hoodies' are an indicator of healthy coasts and a 'flagship' for raising awareness about the needs of other shorebirds and seabirds dependent on Australia's amazing and diverse coastal habitats. They can be brought back from the brink of extinction through simple changes in the way we visit the beach. Every individual can make a big difference!
|Awards||Victorian Coastal Awards, Species Protection category Winner 2007; Victorian Coastal Awards Natural Environment category Winner 2010; 2012 Banksia Environmental Awards, Land and Biodiversity Preserving Our Ecosystems Finalist|
|Products||Beach-nesting Birds Education Kit, 'Put me on the lead so hoodies can breed' dog leads, 'Dogs & Leashes, Birds & Beaches' brochure, 'Taking conservation by the reins' brochure, The Wing Thing kids zine, 'Word about the Hood' newsletter, Stickers, Frisbees, Chick Magnets, Masks|