Report aN ECHIDNA sighting
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Have you seen an echidna lately? Wildlife Queensland’s EchidnaWatch program is gathering information on the distribution and abundance of echidnas, and we need your help.
The only species of echidna in Queensland, and Australia — the short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is one of our most beloved and unique animals. With a distribution that extends from Tasmania to the Top End, this ambling adventurer can be found anywhere from the outback to the backyard. Echidnas are considered common, but hard facts about their distribution are scarce.
We know that echidnas don’t cope well with traffic and often become roadkill. But we need to know the real extent of the damage cars do to echidna numbers. We also need information on how echidnas are coping with modern hazards and introduced pests.
EchidnaWatch aims to collate information on the distribution of echidnas in Queensland. We can share this information with Wildnet, the wildlife data repository for the EPA, and other organisations, to help plan for better outcomes for echidnas.
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Wildlife Queensland’s partner ecological research consultancy BioGeo has mapped public echidna sightings reported to EchidnaWatch from 2013–2018 and supplemented with data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
The mapped data identifies particular roads in Queensland where echidnas are observed or killed on multiple occasions.
Wildlife Queensland intends to share this information with relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the number of echidnas found on road verges and determine whether they can install some signage at the very least.