Our hardy Ministers stayed the course by analysing and euthanasing their catch and then camping out with the KTBs. Derby born, Dr Hames was determined to record, measure and euthanase all the cane toads he had caught. This meant he did not hit his swag until around 2.00am.
“If the Ministers are as hardy in our parliament as they were out toadbusting, the WA community will be well served by their public service”, said Lee Scott-Virtue, Volunteer KTB President and Field Coordinator, and long time toadbuster.
“You often see a pelican fly/run along the top of water to stir up the food, with a flock following to gather up the bounty,” says Lee Scott-Virtue whose Kimberley remote area experience as a specialist rock art tour guide has led to a font of wonderful wildlife stories, and safe toadbusting rules. Pelicans eat native frogs. Heart stopping bufo-toxin, which is in cane toad eggs, early tadpoles and adults, is lethal to our wildlife.
“We are losing a lot of our NT native wildlife to cane toads on this colonising front. We just hope that we do not lose an entire species before it has learned to avoid cane toads,” says Del Collins long time cane toadbuster volunteer, and local Kununurra hospital cane toad team leader.
“As volunteers, we hatched the egg that is the Kimberley Toad Buster campaign. Together we made this egg multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-tasking. With this welcome funding, the Minister for the Environment has incubated the egg into a rapid hatching, from which it will flourish, and spread its wings over our cane toad campaign,” MaryAnne Winton, KTB aboriginal leader.
See KTBs at www.canetoads.com.au KTB MEDIA RELEASE 06 11 2008
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For more information contact:
Lee Scott Virtue: Founder & President KTBs based in Kununurra & Nicholson Station 9168 7080/9168 2576
Sandy Boulter : KTB Vice President, Toadbuster, Coordinator Perth based Friends of the KTBs: 0427 508 582
MaryAnne Winton: Aboriginal Field Coordinator 0409 563 795