Do you have a property where you know echidnas live?
We want your help!
We have been working hard creating the molecular techniques to analyse the DNA and hormones within the scats. DNA is quite robust and so it is easier to analyse. Hormones, however, degrade fairly quickly when left out in the environment and so we are hoping to combat this with some very dedicated citizen scientists.
Echidna breeding season is between July-September but when exactly they start and stop breeding depends on where they live. By measuring hormones like testosterone we can get a better understanding of their breeding patterns across the country – but we need the scats to be as fresh as possible! And we need to collect them now.
We are looking for people who:
- Have a property or an area that they are able to closely observe
- Can collect and freeze all echidna scats from July to end of September
- Monitor property every few days to make sure scats are as fresh as possible
Sign up to be a part of The Big Scat Hunt here.
And download the Collection Sheet here.