Join Geoff Williams from the Australian Platypus Conservancy to learn about platypus, how the species is faring in the wild, and what needs to be done to ensure that populations in Diamond Creek survive.
The platypus is one of the world’s most amazing animals. A fascinating monotreme, 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.
In this online webinar, Geoff will:
- highlight the features that make the platypus so special
- explain its conservation needs and how to go about helping these animals
- give some hints on how to spot platypus in the wild
- outline the possibilities of becoming involved in ‘citizen science’ programs to monitor the population in Diamond Creek and other waterways in the Melbourne region.
This event is free but registration is essential.
About the presenter
Geoff Williams has been studying platypus since 1994, when he helped found the Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC): an organisation dedicated to researching platypus conservation needs. Prior to his work with the APC, Geoff was Director of Healesville Sanctuary from 1988 to 1993 and 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).
This webinar is part of Celebrating our Platypus in the Diamond Creek: a series of events across two weekends from 22 to 30 May, hosted by Nillumbik Shire Council and Melbourne Water.
Other events in this series include:
- Platypus in Diamond Creek (webinar) – Thursday 20 May
- Waterbug discovery workshop – Saturday 22 May
- Diamond Creek self-guided bike tour – Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 May
- Diamond Creek clean-up day – Sunday 23 May
Victorian native fish species (webinar) – Tuesday 25 May
Waterbugs: highly nutritious but interesting in their own right (webinar) – Wednesday 26 May
Celebrating the platypus in the Diamond Creek – Sunday 30 May