August Is Platypus Month in the ACT Region

Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch, in partnership with the Australian Platypus Conservancy, is again hosting a Platypus Count Census Month over August and are encouraging everyone to head down to their local waterway and report any platypus sightings.

According to Geoff Williams from the Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC), platypus are quite active towards to end of winter as food becomes scarce so they spend more time feeding. This makes August a good time to get a snapshot of where platypus are found in the region. But we need your help!

How to Report Platypus Sightings

Information such as date, time, location and number of platypus need to be noted.

Want to Learn More About Platypus?

  • Sunday 18 August: Stephen Skinner and Woo O’Reilly from Waterwatch will be hosting a platypus walk at 3:30pm at the Isabella St foot bridge in Queanbeyan. No RSVP necessary.
  • Listen to Woo O'Reilly and Tim the Yowie Man platypus spotting on ABC 666.

Some Platypus Hotspots to Consider:

Note: the following places are merely a guide. We are very keen to increase our knowledge of platypus distribution in the region so please head out to a stream near you and get spotting!

  • Queanbeyan River: upstream of Kings Hwy crossing - particularly around the Isabella St footbridge.
  • Molonglo River: Along the Molonglo Gorge, Molonglo Reach, soft-banked areas of Lake Burley Griffin and downstream of Scrivener Dam.
  • Murrumbidgee River: Tharwa Sandwash, Point Hut Crossing, Kambah Pools, Casuarina Sands and Uriarra Crossing.

Contact Woo O’Reilly from Waterwatch for further details: 0413 246 761 or waterwatch@act.gov.au

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