First deaths for the summer

At least two, recently hatched Hooded Plover chicks, have disappeared from a beach at Rye in the Mornington Peninsula National Park. They are most likely dead.

Parks Victoria allow dogs on this beach and most people walk their dogs off lead. The chicks have been missing for around a week. There are fewer than 600 Hooded Plovers left in Victoria.

The survival of this threatened species in this National Park is a indicator of the effectiveness of Parks Victoria in managing our states natural resources.