Follow the tips in this toolkit under “How to spot a platypus” to choose a strategic location for your survey.
When hosting a group event, choose a location that can cater for more people (e.g. enough parking spaces for more cars) and with an accessible stretch of river long enough that a group of people can station themselves at intervals along it.
If you can, check out the site before settling on it to ensure its suitability for the group and its accessibility.
Choose a time at dawn or dusk to increase your chances of seeing a platypus, or if that’s difficult you can try your luck at a different time of day.
Host your event on the platy-project website so that people in your community can RSVP and join in! It’s an easy way to keep track of RSVPs and to connect with new people in your area.
Visit* http://platy-project.acf.org.au and select ‘new event’, then:
*If you are part of an ACF Community group and already create events on SupporterBase – create your event in SupporterBase and email the event link to [email protected], and we can add it to the platy-project map for you.
Arriving at the location
Brief participants on how to search for a platypus
Encourage people to spread themselves out at intervals along the waterway to have the best chance of seeing a platypus, and allow between 30 minutes to an hour for people to survey.
Share what you’ve seen
Once everyone meets back at home-base, go around and ask people to share what they saw, even if they didn’t get to see a platypus. Double check everyone has good records of what they saw.
This is the perfect time to bust out a platy-picnic.
Wrap and follow up