Platy-project afternoon at Colombo Creek

It is so good when platypus receive the memo about the Platy-project event and show up on cue! On Wednesday, September 27th, YACTAC as part of Refreshing Rivers Program and Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc came together with the community for an enjoyable afternoon of platypus spotting on the banks of the Colombo Creek, Morundah. Other than the magnificent platypus which emerged and dived, there were also the obligatory kangaroos and an inquisitive echidna which entertained everyone. Dr Joanne Connolly, platypus expert, shared interesting facts about this iconic species such as only males have venomous spurs, at the confluence of waterways is where platypus action is likely to occur, and there are both nesting and resting burrows used.

It was great to share knowledge and stories about platypus and learn more about its habitat requirements with community. Organisers hope this will be an annual event across more creeks and rivers in the region. The citizen science data collected directly helps researchers fill knowledge gaps about platypuses, and the findings go to the University of New South Wales’ platypus sighting database.

Thanks to Nioka Dupond, Leigh Mathieson and Andrea Mitchell for organising the afternoon.

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