1 November 2021

Join PlatypusWatch and Wildlife Queensland as they launch an environmental DNA project throughout bushfire-affected waterways in the Scenic Rim. This fantastic FREE community talk and workshop will help you discover more about Australia’s iconic platypus while gaining valuable, science-based skills for assessing waterway health.

In this free workshop, platypus ecologist Tamielle Brunt will explain how PlatypusWatch is using revolutionary eDNA technology to sample waterways that were impacted by fire. You’ll also learn how the presence or absence of waterbugs can help us understand the health of aquatic waterways, as you’ll all be heading down to  Canungra Creek after the talk to search for these little critters.

When: Sunday 28 November from 1 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: School of Arts Hall, 3–7 Pine St, Canungra, Queensland
How: Book online today.

YOU’LL LEARN …

  • more about this fascinating monotreme, its cryptic lifestyle and why it desperately needs your help
  • how to best spot wild platypuses in local creeks and waterways
  • eDNA water-sampling techniques
  • more about waterbugs and why they’re crucial indicators of healthy waterways that make great platypus habitat, with all data uploaded to the Waterbug Blitz, so be sure to download their free app on your phone.

Afternoon tea will be provided and this event will comply with Government rules relating to limits on public gatherings for coronavirus (COVID-19) that apply at the time. Places are limited, so book now.

This PlatypusWatch project was made possible by the Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects Program – Grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

YOU CAN HELP PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS PLATYPUSES

Find out about Wildlife Queensland’s dedicated PlatypusWatch Network and how you can get involved.

You can also follow our PlatypusWatch Facebook page  or Follow us on Instagram

  • Report a sighting: Have you ever seen a platypus in the wild? If so, you can make a valuable contribution to PlatypusWatch by telling us about your previous and recent sightings.
    • Email us at platypus@wildlife.org.au with a description of your sighting, the postcode of your sighting and your contact detail

CONTACT US

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Wildlife Queensland on 07 3844 0129 or email: communications@wildlife.org.au

Written by Wildlifeqld