Protecting the platypus

Tamielle with a juvenile male platypus. Photo: Justine Hausheer

The platypus is an amazing monotreme but little is known about where they specifically live.

University of Queensland PhD candidate Tamielle Brunt is studying platypus populations within south-east Queensland. She is also an assistant project officer at the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WPSQ), running their PlatypusWatch Network. This network aims to document where platypus occur, to identify where conservation actions are needed, especially for appropriate development that will have the least impact on platypus population.

Tamielle’s work includes the implementation of an environmental DNA program which, in its sixth year of sampling, is helping to identify where platypus are likely to reside and habitat where they could successfully be reintroduced.

At Friday Forum, Tamielle will speak about all things platypus from history, biology, ecology, conservation to the finer details of her research. Through research and community education, Tamielle hopes protection for this iconic species will become a priority, because the platypus is a species that will disappear right under our noses.

Come along to learn about the iconic platypus and its niche habitat, on Friday 22 October at the NPA Environment Centre, 5 Wallace Drive, Noosaville, where the forum starts at 10:30am and coffee is available at 10am. Entry is $5 by ‘tap and go’ at the door.

Registration is essential via

Bird observers meet at the carpark of the NPA Environment Centre at 8:30am.