Volunteer CANE TOAD Training & Toad Busting NEWSLETTER No.3
By Lee Scott-Virtue
The Cane Toad is a Key Threatening Processto the Australian Nation
Federal Government 12 April 2005
IF EVERYONE WAS A TOADBUSTER
THE TOADS WOULD BE BUSTED!!!
Become a participant in the fight against the Cane Toad
FOR TOADBUSTING TRAINING AND VOLUNTEERING
If you would like to put your name down for 'Cane Toad Busting Training' and ‘Volunteering’ please contact:
Lee or Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 91682576
Sara Brett on 91691229
CANE TOAD BUSTING volunteer weekend held on the 15 th and 16 th October.
Due to intermittent rain over the weekend of the 15 th and 16 th our Toad Busting activities were confined mainly to the area between the Coolibah Crocodile Farm and the Victoria River .
We were hosted by Bluey (owner of the crocodile farm) at his camping area perched above the Victoria River. The wet conditions meant we could not move the Triple J bus so all activities were undertaken on foot, with 9 Toad Busters covering an area of around 5 square km throughout the night.
53 fully mature toads were picked up, 19 females and 34 males.
The average size, measured from head to toe, was around 24cm. One male toad measured 30cm. The 19 females were assessed to contain at least 30,000 eggs each. This means the potential of 570,000 potential eggs collectively.
On the Saturday the team worked from the late afternoon through to just after midnight. Line searches were used along the camping ground area, with several sweeps undertaken throughout the evening. The team was then split into two groups, with one group sweeping the dirt road leading from the river to the Crocodile Farm. The second group covered the creek line leading to the farm and also did a sweep across the grassy slope. When the team came together at the Crocodile Farm, line searches were then undertaken around the Farms effluent ponds and across paddocks and tracks.
A sweep of the Victoria River bed was made to the SW for a distance of 1 km.
Sunday morning was spent looking at CALM traps to check for Cane Toad catch and to monitor the cage water supply and working order. 25 traps were checked over the weekend.
Based on a report received, Joe Creek, 20 km north of Timber Creek was surveyed for egg and tadpole incursion.