Every two years, all suitable ocean beach habitat for Hooded Plovers along the coasts of Victoria, South Australia and NSW, are surveyed across a weekend in mid-November. The aim is to achieve our best estimate of the population of Hooded Plovers in eastern mainland Australia. We also are able to assess the state of the bird’s habitat and attain a snapshot of threats across sites, enabling a rapid assessment of the health of the population. A lot of planning goes into this count to make it comparable over time, and to coordinate hundreds of volunteers to walk thousands of kilometres, almost simultaneously!
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