Platypus Talk - online

Next date: Sunday, 19 September 2021 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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The platypus is one of the world's most amazing animals.  This furry, warm-blooded mammal lays soft-shelled eggs like a lizard, uses its bill to navigate underwater, and sorts out arguments with the help of venomous spurs.  The platypus is also among the most popular of Australia's animal icons - a great flagship species for freshwater conservation.  But what about the platypus's own environmental needs?  How is the species faring in the wild?  And what needs to be done to ensure that population survives in Diamond Creek?

Nillumbik Shire and Melbourne Water have arranged for Geoff Williams from the Australian Platypus Conservancy to share his knowledge of this fascinating monotreme in an online information session.

Geoff will highlight the features that make the platypus so special, explain its conservation needs and how to go about helping these animals. He’ll then give some hints on how to spot platypus in the wild and outline the possibilities of becoming involved in ‘citizen science’ programs to monitor the population in Diamond Creek and other waterways in the Melbourne region.

Geoff Williams has been studying platypus since 1994 when he helped found the Australian Platypus Conservancy, an organisation dedicated to researching platypus conservation needs.  Prior to his work with the APC, Geoff was Director of Healesville Sanctuary for five years from 1988 to 1993 and, before moving to Victoria, was Assistant Director of Sydney's Taronga Zoo from 1985 to 1988. Geoff has presented numerous public talks on platypus at venues throughout Australia, including various universities, the National Museum in Canberra and the Melbourne Museum (on behalf of Australian Geographic).      


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  • Sunday, 19 September 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM



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