Recording Platypus in the Wild
Information about the distribution and status of platypus populations should be an essential element of catchment management plans and local biodiversity conservation strategies.
This reflects the fact that the platypus is a valuable indicator of waterway health. Keeping track of changes in platypus numbers provides useful information relating to how river and creek habitats are faring through time.
Compelling evidence indicates that platypus numbers have declined or disappeared in many waterways across the species’ range. There is consequently an urgent need to identify threatened populations so timely conservation action plans can be formulated.
The Australian Platypus Conservancy has developed a number of programs to help map and monitor platypus populations. To assist people in looking for platypus in their local area, a few hints on platypus spotting are given to improve your chances of seeing one.
To contribute to consistent record keeping through time, the APC maintains an ongoing database of reliable platypus sightings records – please provide details of any platypus or water-rat that you have seen via Report a Sighting. In addition, the APC’s Australian Platypus Monitoring Network (APMN) provides a framework for community-based monitoring of local platypus populations using a standardised survey method.
Photo courtesy of John Bundock