I am grateful to the following organisations that have in various ways provided support to these important and exciting conservation projects. Their assistance with advice, practical involvement on site or funding is deeply appreciated. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide and Mt. Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps Recovery Program, The Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park, John and his crew from ‘Fleurieu Natives’, Trees For Life and the wonderful Bush For Life BAT’s. A special thanks to Birds SA and BirdLife Australia for their ongoing support and to all the ‘Friends of the Hooded Plover – Fleurieu Peninsula’… the Hooded Plovers say a big thank you!
Special thanks to my husband Doug for understanding and supporting my passion for wildlife and its conservation and to Geoff, the ‘Chief Gnome’, Bob, Lance, Deb and all the other wonderful ‘Elves & helpers’!
Thank you to Geoff and Janis, my main ‘Hoodie partners’…it’s been great monitoring these special birds with you. Thanks also to Grainne and Emma… for helping us learn more about the ways of the Hoodie!
Thanks to Terry, the ‘Chief Eagle’ whose willingness to share his ornithological knowledge and experience, has given us a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the White-bellied Sea-Eagle and Hooded Plover and in particular the need for their protection.
Thanks to Hilary who once again has done his very best to keep us on the grammatical and scientific ‘straight and narrow’ paths with his ongoing championship of fact over sentiment.
Thank you to those owners of properties that front Tunkalilla Beach for allowing access to volunteers involved in the ongoing scientific study of the Hooded Plover and its habitat.
This calendar is dedicated to all the wonderful Hooded Plover volunteers around Australia, who work tirelessly in a variety of ways to improve the breeding success of these endangered birds. Also to local artist, Ray Porteous, a special thanks for the many hours he has spent creating his Hooded Plover leadlight masterpieces now cherished by many of the volunteers and other ‘plover lovers’.