Study

Success of attempts to rehabilitate oiled hooded plovers Thinornis rubricollis at Phillip Island and Kilcunda, Victoria, Australia

  • Published source details Weston M.A., Dann P., Jessop R., Fallaw J., Dakin R. & Ball D. (2008) Can oiled shorebirds and their nests and eggs be successfully rehabilitated? A case study involving the threatened hooded plover Thinornis rubricollis in south-eastern Australia. Waterbirds, 31, 127-132

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Clean birds following oil spills

Action Link
Bird Conservation

Use signs and access restrictions to reduce disturbance at nest sites

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Clean birds following oil spills

    A small study in Victoria, Australia, in 2003-6 (Weston et al. 2008) found that two hooded plovers Thinornis rubricollis that were oiled following an oil spill in 2003 and captured, cleaned and released, survived for at least two years, bred and raised at least one chick, which also bred. This study is also discussed in ‘Use signs and access restrictions to reduce disturbance at nest sites’.

     

  2. Use signs and access restrictions to reduce disturbance at nest sites

    A small study in Victoria, Australia, between 2003 and 2007 (Weston et al. 2008) found that two hooded plover Thinornis rubricollis nests located on beaches that were being cleaned following an oil spill, both survived and fledged young, after they were marked using signs and rope fences. In addition, cleaning crews worked for 20 minutes and then stopped for 20 minutes to allow adults to incubate the eggs. This study is also discussed in ‘Clean birds following oil spills’.

     

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