Species protection award - Hooded Plover

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Subject: Species protection award - Hooded Plover
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 13:28:21 +1100
At the Victorian Coastal Awards of Excellence night last Thursday the Friends of the Hooded Plover, Mornington Peninsula, won the Species Protection award.
This friends group has been going for 12 years and in that time has been instrumental in getting Parks Vic to take note of and then become fully involved in the welfare of the endangered Hooded Plovers that have to share their beaches with the public, dogs, foxes, etc.
Whilst I am a late comer to the group - I didn't get involved until the start of the breeding season in 1997 - we still have members who started their fortnightly [now monthly] surveying, nest monitoring, beach wardening, etc at the time of the first survey on 27th March 1991.
It's fantastic that the effort, enthusiasm and at times utter despair of the group has been recognised.
Val Ford
Sorrento, Vic
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