Particularly interesting as some years ago then Birds Australia went to some lengths to distinguish rare and threatened plovers from common and swooping ones …
From: David McDonald (personal) <>
Sent: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 12:32 PM
To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Next Monday is the International Plover Appreciation Day!
What is Plover Appreciation Day?
September 16th is Plover Appreciation Day. This special day is aimed at raising awareness of the plight of ground-nesting plovers around the world! Many plover species are highly threatened, largely due to their habitats being some of the most popular for human
recreation, e.g. the beach, shores of lakes and wetlands, or even open grasslands. This, together with their highly camouflaged nests and cryptic behaviours, mean that humans can have major impacts on the survival of eggs and chicks, without even knowing it!
The key to coexistence between people and plovers is awareness, understanding and sharing space with them. Help us save these amazing, loveable birds by participating in Plover Appreciation Day!
In Australia, the day will honour our beloved Hooded Plovers, Red-capped Plovers, Black-fronted Dotterels, Spur-winged Plovers, and overseas, Piping Plovers, Shore Plovers, Snowy Plovers, Kentish Plovers and the list goes on! If it’s a plover, we plan to appreciate
So what does the day entail? ... more at
For info - David
PS interesting that Birdlife Australia includes the Spur-winged Plover sub-species of the Masked Lapwing (correctly the Southern Masked Lapwing) in this Appreciation Day!
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