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August is platypus month, an initiative embraced by Wildlife Queensland’s PlatypusWatch Network. Despite almost everyone knowing about the biological curiosity that is the world’s one and only living platypus species, many Queenslanders haven’t seen this elusive egg-laying mammal in the wild.

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eDNA and citizen science projects to survey for platypus have begun in the Upper Dawson River Catchment.

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PlatypusWatch in the Upper Dawson

PlatypusWatch Network and WPSQ Upper Dawson Branch will run two workshops in the Taroom region on 26 June 2021 for community members who would like to learn about platypuses and how they can get involved in an exciting citizen science project.

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Pollyanna the platypus

Pollyanna the platypus is a part of important population research being conducted by UQ PhD Candidate and PlatypusWatch ecologist, Tamielle Brunt.

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Ban opera house traps

Wildlife Queensland has renewed its call for a state-wide ban on the use of enclosed yabby traps (opera house nets) in Queensland.

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Platypus in trap

As South Australia opts to phase out opera house nets from 31 July 2023, Wildlife Queensland calls for our state government to stop stalling and ban these deadly traps before more aquatic mammals suffer.    Since 2009, Wildlife Queensland has pushed for a ban on opera house-style traps and funnel traps in Queensland. In 2014, …

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Platypus in trap

PlatypusWatch Network needs your support to change the legislation/regulation around the use of Opera House Nets in Queensland.

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Platypus

Wildlife Queensland’s Upper Dawson branch and the PlatypusWatch Network are calling for citizen scientists to be part of an important platypus project in the Upper Dawson River.

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Platypus habitat in Australia has shrunk by 22 per cent in 30 years and the animal should now be listed as a nationally threatened species, according to new research led by the University of New South Wales.

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Platypus eDNA surveys

Wildlife Queensland’s Platypus Watch Network has been granted $26,930 from the state government to survey and document the population distribution of platypuses within the upper Dawson River and tributaries around the Taroom region.

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