Summary of Warden Activities for the Mornington Peninsula National Park.

In the summer of 2010/11 there were 6 warden events in the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Following are the number of days in which a volunteer visited the beach, number of volunteers involved, minimum hours of volunteer time and whether or not the chick fledged.

Beach Days Volunt’rs Hours Outcome
St Andrews Beach  

(Moana Court)

14 

 

5 20 Successful
St Andrews Beach  

(main car park)

11 5 19 Successful
Portsea (east SLC) 18 8 83 Chick most likely taken by Kestrel
Portsea (London Bridge) 

 

10 2 11 Successful
Koonya East 10 9 25 Chick most likely taken by Kestrel
Portsea (Franklin road) 5 1 6 Successful
Totals 68 164

In general the 2010/2011 season has been an improvement on the previous and it demonstrates having a warden increases the chances of survival for chicks. However, I believe there are still far too many chicks perishing within the National Park and positioning of a warden on a beach should be an adjunct to Parks Victoria activities and not be the only form of personal attention this species receives. .

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