Kimberley Toad Buster's
The aim of this website is to document the Kimberley Toad Busters fight to stop the cane toad crossing into Western Australia and to provide the Western Australian Community some understanding of the enormous efforts (and contributions) that can be made by unpaid volunteers!
Prepared by Lee Scott-Virtue, President & Founder of KTB Kimberley Toad Busters.
KIMBERLEY TOAD BUSTERS NEWSLETTER No. 37
The Cane Toad is a Key Threatening Process to the Australian Nation
Declared by the Federal Government 12 April 2005
KTB Newsletter 37: 21/12/2010
This 37th Kimberley Toad Busters’ Newsletter is produced by Kimberley Specialists In
Research Inc in conjunction with Kimberley Toad Busters Inc. Kimberley Specialists, a
founding member of the Kimberley Toad Busters, continues to support the campaign against
the cane toad by supporting www.canetoads.com.au raising funds and supporting cane toad
KTBs are a tax deductible entity. Please see our website for our direct donation facility or how to sponsor toad busting or one of our research or educational projects.
IF EVERYONE WAS A TOADBUSTER
KTB would like to wish all our supporters a wonderful Christmas and the very best for 2011. Without the wonderful support of our volunteer’s family and friends the continuing battle to mitigate the impact of the cane toad on our Kimberley biodiversity would be much more difficult than it is.
“KTB wish that they could deliver a Newsletter full of good toad cheer and with the news that the cane toad invasion into WA has been stopped and that the on-going bureaucratic ‘red tape’ had been resolved! Unfortunately this is not the case. Cane toads are now very much a reality in WA and KTB continue to face bureaucratic stumbling blocks.
Despite these issues KTB can unequivocally confirm that where KTB community efforts have been focussed toad movement has been slowed down and that cane toad impact on native biodiversity has been minimal in areas where toad population numbers have been kept under control.
The KTB driven campaign “Adopt a street and keep it cane toad free” has been very successful, resulting in consistently low toad population numbers and little evidence of breeding.
The KTB driven biodiversity program “What’s in your backyard?” and its “Iconic Species” monitoring program continues to grow with a number of Kimberley schools having already introduced the program into their school curriculum. The Kimberley community in general is now monitoring and recording biodiversity in their own backyards. This invaluable data will provide pre-toad and post-toad records of our native biodiversity with the first of the data up-loaded and available on both the Kimberley Specialists in Research and Kimberley Toad Busters websites by January 31st 2011.
2010 has been a huge year for Kimberley Toad Busters and the following is just a brief outline of some of our achievements.
Overview of KTB Achievements for 2010
Kimberley Toad Busters, as a community driven volunteer group has continued to grow and achieve the goals set for each year. The outcomes for 2010 are as follows.
“Christmas preamble” by Field Coordinator Ben Scott-Virtue.
Whilst the above is happy banter, it does mask a much more serious problem that every resident of Kununurra does face this Christmas. The march forward of the toad. As most of the agriculturalists will testify, the toad is here. Still in small numbers, but none the less a change can now be heard in the sounds of the bush at night. There is a new kid on the block and the gravely staccato is building with devastating consequences for our wildlife. Noel, the manager of Paul Mocks Sandalwood farm has recorded the deaths of seven monitors and goannas in the last few months alone. In his words,
“I have worked here now for a number of years and I have never prior to the arrival of the toad seen such a loss of reptile life happen so quickly. I know you read about it, but seeing it for yourself highlights the toxicity and vulnerability that the toad poses to our wildlife. I’m out at night now, bagging and tagging the little b’s with the hope that it’ll mitigate further impacts”
Personally I would like to thank the whole community and wish them a‘Toadally Awesome’ Christmas.
How far west have toads moved in WA?
Cane Toads first crossed into WA on the Kimberley border in February 2009. Ironically enough this first invasion of toads into the Kimberley was a single male toad caught trying to cross the border near the Quarantine station. Cane toads are now well established throughout Kununurra but thanks to community efforts and KTB working on removing any new evidence of breeding, toad numbers are still minimal and native wildlife loss reduced, although tragically still far too high. Cane toads are now well into the Ningbings to the north of Kununurra and this corridor is still moving at around 70 to 80 kilometres per year. Toads are well established along the southern shores of Lake Argyle and have made it as far as Argyle Station Homestead.
KTB will continue to try and reach these areas by boat during the wet season but it is expected that numbers will escalate during this wet. Toads are now also in the Spillway and the Long Michael Plain area and have reached Lake Argyle village. Again community action is helping to keep numbers under control.
Prediction of toad movement during the wet season!
Extrapolated on the KTB field reconnaissance results so far KTB expect toads to
reach areas such as the Mantinea and Parry Lagoons systems and El Questro by
the end of this wet season. Toads are expected to reach Wuggubun and Doon
KTB 2011 Internet Auction
A number of items have recently been donated to KTB and Kimberley Specialists to raise funds for our on-going research projects. The following items will be auctioned on our website towards the end of January.
Thomas Gerner has donated a handcrafted L6 steel diffentially heat treated utility knife. The handle of this beautiful knife is made from She-Oak and Massi with brass fittings. This knife will be auctioned on the KTB website after New Year. Funds made from the wonderful donation will go towards one of our Research projects looking for a biological solution to the cane toad problem.
A Quick word from John Cugley KTB Admin Coordinator.
Happy Christmas to all our volunteers and supporters and thank you for all your efforts in helping to mitigate the impact of the cane toad. We end the year with the news that KTB have been successful in getting a $20 000 grant from the Federal Government's Caring for Country for our educational program. We also have several more funding applications in the pipeline.
Once again a very big Thank You to all our volunteers for all their time and effort over the year and look forward to a fun filled cane toad action packed 2011.
If you find a cane toad, or want to join the KTB “What’s in your backyard?” and “Iconic Species” recording and monitoring program, or just want to simply go out ‘toad busting’ please contact Ben or John on 08 91682576
Kimberley Toad Busters awards!
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