November 9, 2012 Latest News No Comments

This December, 58 volunteers are rising before dawn and taking to Brisbane creeks to help gather data on platypus distribution and abundance.  Our PlatypusWatch program is training up community members to survey 80 sites this round, to establish whether platypus still occupy Enoggera Creek and Tingalpa Creek.

Watching out for platyps Photo © Leo Berzins

Watching out for platyps
Photo © Leo Berzins

The IUCN Redlist reports on the platypus status saying ‘at the catchment and local levels there is insufficient data to predict long term population trends reliably’, making the PlatypusWatch program an enormously worthwhile project for ascertaining the status of platypus, educating communities and tracking population dynamics over time.

Our last confirmed sightings for platypus in these locations were in 2009 for Enoggera Creek and 2002 for Tingalpa Creek.

If you would like to be involved in next year’s Enoggera Creek or Tingalpa Creek surveys starting in April, let us know.

For more information on Wildlife Queensland’s activities, call us on +61 7 3221 0194 or send us anemail.

Written by Wildlifeqld