The Wimmera CMA conducted a platypus survey of the McKenzie River near Zumsteins in early April. It showed that despite the ongoing extremely dry conditions the fragile population is holding its own. They captured a new juvenile about 4 months old, the fourth year in a row that this has happened. They also recaptured a 16 month old female. The Wimmera CMA chief executive said that environmental water releases through ongoing dry conditions had a focus on maintaining suitable conditions for as long as possible so platypus, fish, bug and plant communities could stay in good shape.
Members of the public (including us FOGGIES) are urged to register any sighting on the platypusSPOT.org website. Enjoy the very informative site anyway!