April 2013 - PlatypusWatch
Across April, we trained and directed 93 volunteers to survey for platypus in Enoggera and Tingalpa Creeks. The last sightings in these creeks were in 2009 and 2006 (respectively) so we are aiming to establish whether the platypus populations have persisted. Read about the survey experience here.
At this stage we have not had a confirmed sighting, however we have 5 more surveys to complete before platypus are presumed to no longer occur in these creeks. While we still hold hope, this data will be valuable for the Australian Platypus Conservancy in either case.
The surveys were certainly not without wildlife however - we did enjoy sightings of a superb fairy wren, Lewin’s honeyeater, laughing kookaburra, and sacred kingfisher. Other animals that were spotted included eastern water dragon, swamp wallaby, monitor lizard and sugar glider. Following the survey, as a thank you to our volunteers, we cooked a hot breakfast or supper for them afterwards!
Once again, a big thank you to everyone who took part as this program would not be able to run without the support of volunteers like you.
Publications and information
- Looking out for Platypus - contact us for your free brochure
Since the launch of PlatypusWatch (previously known as PlatypusCare) by Wildlife Queensland in 2003, many groups, individuals and universities have embraced the focus on platypus by undertaking their own surveys, monitoring and research (some are listed below).
- Gecko – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council
- Gold Coast Catchment Association
- Moggill Creek Catchment Group
- Oxley Creek Catchment Association
- Pullen Pullen Catchment Group
- Save our Waterways Now - Enoggera Creek
- University of Queensland Cool Pools
- Western Catchments
- WPSQ Bayside Branch
- WPSQ Pine Rivers Branch
For more information on WPSQ's projects, email or phone +61 (7) 3221 0194.