Hooded Plovers & Beach-nesting Birds need Citizen Scientists, south-eastern Australia

Hooded Plovers & Beach-nesting Birds need Citizen Scientists, south-eastern Australia

Hooded Plovers & Beach-nesting Birds need Citizen Scientists, south-eastern Australia

Hooded Plovers lay their eggs on beaches in southern NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, from August to March. As their nesting habitat is in an area that attracts high levels of recreational use, these birds are highly vulnerable to disturbance and worse. The Beach-nesting Birds Project needs volunteers to help monitor the Hooded Plovers during the breeding season, report nests, chicks, nest and chick failures and successes, and report when nests and chicks are in popular beach-user areas so that we can organise appropriate management. We also need people to observe leg flags, so that we can follow the movements of individual birds.

 We will provide training on how to monitor these birds, which are highly susceptible to disturbance, and mentoring throughout your involvement will be available. We will connect you with experienced volunteers in your local area who can show you the local pairs and help you with learning the quirky behaviours of the birds.

 We’re particularly after volunteers in South Australia and Victoria, but if you would like to monitor in other states, we can connect you with the right people.

 Please contact beachnestingbirds@birdlife.org.au if you’re interested, and for more information on the Beach-nesting Birds Project, please have a look at our website.

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