Since June 2013, it’s estimated 49 Hooded Plover chicks have died in the Morn Pen NP

In June 2013, Parks Victoria announced they would continue to allow dogs to be walked on beaches where Hooded Plovers breed in the Mornington Peninsula National Park.  There may be fewer than 600 Hooded Plovers left in Victoria and the species has recently been listed on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It has been listed on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 for a number of years.

Many, (if not most) of the dog walkers allow their dogs to run off lead.

As of the 10th of January 2015 and since June 2013 there have been:

Chicks hatched = 60*

Chicks lived longer than 35 days = 2

Chicks currently alive = 9

Chicks dead = 49*

* These are estimations. Parks Victoria don’t provide coherent long term results on Hooded Plover breeding success in the Mornington Peninsula National Park.

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Hooded Plover breeding results for the Mornington Peninsula National Park

 

eggs 2013-14

 

Chicks 2013-14

If you want to help Hooded Plovers email Ryan Smith

and ask him to ban dogs in this National Park.

minister.smith@minister.vic.gov.au

 

Twenty one Hooded Plover Chicks have died

Press Release

 

8 January 2014

 

Twenty one Hooded Plover Chicks have died in the Mornington Peninsula National Park

 

The Hooded Plover breeding season on the Mornington Peninsula is more than halfway completed. Since it’s start in October 2013, there have been 33 nesting attempts, 85 eggs laid and 21 chicks hatched. All of these chicks have died. The 2013/14 breeding season for Hooded Plovers in the Mornington Peninsula National Park is shaping up to be the worst in the last decade.

Sadly this is expected on the Mornington Peninsula. For a number of years, over 90 % of breeding attempts in the Mornington Peninsula National Park have failed. During the 2011/2012 breeding season, there were around 137 eggs laid with only three chicks surviving. That’s a failure rate of 98%

For the 2013/14 season, the failure rate is currently 100%

Hooded Plovers mostly nest on ocean beaches and one of the biggest known threats to Hooded Plover chicks is domestic dogs. Dog walkers on beaches frequently allow their dogs to roam off lead, which not only causes stress to Hooded Plover chicks but last year two volunteers watched a Labrador run down and kill a Hooded Plover chick.

Parks Victoria has spent the last three years and thousands of dollars reviewing dog walking in the Mornington Peninsula National Park but unfortunately for Hooded Plovers, dogs are still allowed in the National Park and more importantly, on beaches where Hooded Plovers nest.

There are fewer than 600 Hooded Plovers left in Victoria.

 

Malcolm Brown

0403 997 831

@malbrown2

08 January 2014

Nine Hooded Plover Chicks die in the Mornington Peninsula National Park

Press Release

10 November 2013

Nine Hooded Plover Chicks have died in the Mornington Peninsula National Park

The Hooded Plover breeding season on the Mornington Peninsula has been underway since mid October 2013. It is expected to continue for another four months, (March 2014).

Unfortunately, so far this season, nine (9) Hooded Plover chicks have died in the Mornington Peninsula National Park. This breeding season, on the Mornington Peninsula, no Hooded Plover chicks have fledged. Most of the nine chicks have died within the first week of their life.

Sadly this is expected on the Mornington Peninsula. For a number of years, over 90 % of breeding attempts in the Mornington Peninsula National Park have failed. During the 2011/2012 breeding season, there were around 137 eggs laid with only three chicks surviving. That’s a failure rate of 98% !

However, these figures are now being questioned by members of the public and more importantly, by volunteers monitoring Hooded Plovers on the Mornington Peninsula.

A new online database being used by dozens of volunteers, is suggesting the results are worse than has been stated in the past. Previously, those people interested in monitoring Hooded Plovers, were in the most part reliant on Parks Victoria to provide the results but a new on line data base, known as the MyHoodie Data Portal, indicates the Hooded Plover breeding failure rate could be much worse.

The MyHoodie Data Portal was put together by BirdLife Australia and allows registered volunteers to record what is happening on beaches all over South Eastern Australia, including the Mornington Peninsula.

Hooded Plovers mostly nest on ocean beaches and one of the biggest known threats to Hooded Plover chicks is domestic dogs. Dog walkers on beaches frequently allow their dogs to roam off lead, which not only causes stress to Hooded Plover chicks but last year two volunteers watched a Labrador run down and kill a Hooded Plover chick.

Parks Victoria has spent the last three years and thousands of dollars reviewing dog walking in the Mornington Peninsula National Park but unfortunately for Hooded Plovers, dogs are still allowed in the National Park and more importantly, on beaches where Hooded Plovers nest.

There are fewer than 600 Hooded Plovers left in Victoria.

Malcolm Brown

@malbrown2

10 November 2013

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.

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Morn Pen National Park 2012 – 2013 summer

It’s been a while since the end of the Hooded Plover breeding season and there has been no official feedback from Parks Victoria or analysis of the results. That’s not surprising.

The last HP breeding season on the Mornington Peninsula was significant due to the very unfortunate but direct observation of a dog killing a Hooded Plover chick at Point King (not a PV managed beach). We now have direct evidence to demonstrate that “dogs kill Hooded Plover chicks”.

The following are estimates only, until Parks Victoria show the initiative to show transparency of their management:

HP failure rate 06 - 13

 

My analysis of the2012-13 season portal

Message from Diane Lewis

To all members and friends

Yesterday, Tamara from PV was able to report that another 2 chicks have fledged.

9 chicks now have fledged on the Mornington Peninsula.
Wonderful news.
There is only one active nest now and that is at Bushrangers Bay.
The birds are now flocking at Franklin Rd and St Andrew’s Beach so looks like the breeding season has finished.
BUT
Still worth keeping our eyes open, not all the birds are flocking yet so some may attempt to have another nest.
Today we say goodbye to Tamara  – Parks Victoria’s hooded plover summer ranger.
Tamara has been walking our beaches for last three months.
She has visited each chick daily, found nests,erected temporary fences,checked and updated signs, put out shelters and moved banners along the beach as adult hoodies move their chicks.
You have done a great job Tamara
Good luck with your  studies this year and we all look forward to seeing you on our beaches again next season.
 
Diane
Friends of the Hooded Plover
Mornington Peninsula inc