Join us on the Platy Project

Are you fascinated by the enchanting world of Australia’s unique and mysterious creatures? Do you have a passion for wildlife conservation and want to make a difference? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you! Introducing the Platy Project—an annual citizen initiative, coordinated by Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) dedicated to the study and preservation of the enigmatic platypus population. And this September, we’re setting our sights on the creeks of Byron, concentrating our efforts on Byron Creek in Bangalow

What is the Platy Project?

The Platy Project is an annual event hosted by ACF that brings together passionate individuals from all walks of life to help count and monitor the platypus population in various waterways. These incredible monotremes are one of Australia’s most iconic and elusive species, and they play a crucial role in our ecosystem. By participating in the Platy Project, you’ll contribute directly to the conservation efforts that aim to protect these remarkable creatures and their habitats.

Join Us at Byron Creek, Bangalow!

This year, we’re concentrating our efforts on Byron Creek at Bangalow— a creek that has been under pressure from urban development, agricultural practices and recent flooding events, which also serves as a vital habitat for the platypus. We invite you to be a part of this exciting endeavor as we embark on a journey to study and safeguard these unique creatures.

But if you want concentrate your efforts on the creek near you, that’s OK too.

Briefing Session: Tuesday, 29 August | 4:00-5:30pm

To kick off the Platy Project, we’re hosting a briefing session where you’ll learn everything you need to know about platypuses, their behaviors, and how we’ll be conducting our counts. Join us on Tuesday, 29 August, from 4:00 to 5:30pm at the Bangalow RSL Hall. This session will not only provide you with valuable information but also introduce you to fellow wildlife enthusiasts who share your passion for conservation.

Why Should You Participate?

  1. Contribute to Science: Your participation in the Platy Project will contribute valuable data to our scientific understanding of platypus populations, helping us make informed decisions about their protection.
  2. Connect with Nature: Byron Creek’s serene surroundings offer a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, disconnect from the hustle and bustle, and find solace in the peaceful presence of these remarkable creatures.
  3. Learn from Experts: Our team of experienced environmental scientists will be on hand to guide you throughout the project. You’ll gain insights into the platypus’s ecology, behavior, and their role within the ecosystem.
  4. Make a Difference: By joining us, you’ll actively participate in efforts to conserve and preserve the natural world. Your actions will have a positive impact on the future of platypuses and their environment.

How to Join

Participating in the Platy Project is simple! Just mark your calendar for the briefing session on Tuesday, 29 August, and head to the Bangalow RSL Hall from 4:00 to 5:30pm. We welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds, so feel free to bring your friends and family along. RVSP to Platy Project

Together, let’s make this year’s Platy Project on the creeks of Byron, an unforgettable experience. By counting platypuses and contributing to their conservation, you’ll be part of a movement that values the natural world and ensures the survival of these captivating creatures for generations to come.

For more information and to stay updated on the Platy Project, visit ACF website  or contact us at +61 405275743. See you at the briefing session!

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