Calling Canberrans to count platypus

August is Platypus Month and Waterwatch is once again looking for volunteer spotters to count these much-loved and iconic creatures.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman said the surveys inform land managers and researchers about the population status of these elusive native animals.

“The Platypus Month annual survey continues to grow in popularity every year. Last year over 170 volunteers participated in surveys at 22 sites across the region,” Minister Gentleman said.

“This year we’ve expanded the number of sites to 34 locations, including Jerrabomberra Wetlands, the Molonglo River near Coppins Crossing, and on the Murrumbidgee River at Point Hut Crossing.

“Everyone is welcome to help and there’s no prior experience required.

“The one-hour surveys take place in mornings and afternoons, so you don’t need to be an early riser to take part. Warm clothes, binoculars and a watch or phone is all that volunteers are required to bring on the day.

“August is Platypus Month because late winter is the ideal time for spotting platypus as they spend more time feeding and the males are out preparing for the breeding season.

“The ACT Government is committed to funding Waterwatch to help monitor and protect our waterways and native species.

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