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Street Address:
24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Email: wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au
 
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(excluding Public Holidays and Christmas - New Year Closure.  Office may also be closed for short periods Monday mornings)

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Watch out for the locals this holiday season

Dec 19, 2017
 
 20171219_Holiday-Season-Watch-out-4-locals Watch out for the ‘Locals’
these holidays

Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

The weather is warming up and with the summer holidays approaching, it is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy some of Victoria’s beautiful environment.

While you’re out and about please remember when fishing, yabbying, camping or enjoying our waterways, do it responsibly.  Because litter, fishing line and opera house style yabby nets can be lethal for the 'locals' including platypuses and other aquatic wildlife (platypusspot.org/learning-centre/conservation-threats). Opera house style nets are illegal to use in public waters in Victoria, ACT and Tasmania, as well as areas of NSW and Qld, and can easily trap and drown platypuses, Rakali (native water rats), and turtles.  Hoop-style drop nets are a safe and legal alternative to get a tasty feed of yabbies (see VFA Permitted Fishing Equipment).

Also keep an eye out for the elusive platypus in rivers, creeks and dams. Any sightings can be posted to platypusSPOT along with photos (if you’re fortunate enough to get one) and observations to help ecologists get a clearer picture of where these iconic animals occur. Or you can have a look at platypusSPOT to see where the best locations are to try and spot platypuses in your local area or holiday spot (be patient, sit quietly at dawn or dusk).


Also keep your eyes open to see some of our other beautiful wildlife.  To help you identify what's out there, Wimmera CMA have released revised editions of:

Glovebox Wetland Bird Guide 
  • The Glovebox Guide to Wimmera Wetland Birds 
   
 Glovebox Frog Guide
  • The Glovebox Guide to Wimmera Frogs

Contact Wimmera CMA to find out how you can get a copy.

You can also record any frogs you hear in the new FrogID app by The Australian Museum frog identification project https://www.frogid.net.au/ 

The 'locals' wish you a happy holiday season!