ECOllaboration designed a community-based Platypus monitoring program that engages local volunteers to help collect platypus data by recording sightings and assessing platypus habitats at three different creeks on the Sunshine Coast.
Platypus are highly sensitive to water quality and a keystone indicator of a health ecosystem. A majority of ECOllaboration’s work involves catchment restoration via the revegetation of riparian areas and therefore, it is of great interest to monitor platypus as they indicate the success of our ecological restoration efforts.
This citizen science project has been designed to be repeated each year (starting August/September 2022) to engage the community and collect a long-term data set on these elusive creatures. This project is proudly funded by the Sunshine Coast Council.