The following remarks from Kimberley Toad Busters came in as a comment on my recent post on the cane toad threat abatement plan. But sometimes the comments get a bit lost and are harder to find later, so I'm posting the remarks as an article in themselves. KTB have done quite remarkable things in the Kimberley and have certainly earned the right to be listened to - I'll also endorse the remarks that it is a part of the world well worth exploring. Unfortunately this trip was again way too short and I'm determined to get the family up there at some stage.
Also, I shouldn't really be credited as "author" of the threat abatement plan. I helped the Department prepare it, but a number of people helped shape it and then it has gone through the Threatened Species Scientific Committee several times and they are the authoritative group that provides advice to the Minister. I do agree with the end product, but encourage anyone to have their say.
Kimberley Toad Busters said…..
Many thanks to Tony for attending the Caring for the Kimberley Environmental Forum held in Kununurra on the 19th – 21st March 2010, we understand Tony spent more time traveling than actually at the forum and appreciate this effort as part of a busy schedule. Tony has made many contributions on behalf of the Government on cane toads including the first Cane Toad Forum organised by Kimberley Specialists and held in Kununurra in March 2005. It was after this forum, after learning of their impacts on wildlife and how little was known about cane toad behaviour, the community decided to form Kimberley Toad Busters. Tony is an author of the recently released TAP, these comments are by no means directed as criticism of Tony’s work, and are only suggestions how data collected by community can fill gaps in scientific knowledge and assist in informing a process like the TAP.
Kimberley Toad Busters has always been as much about gathering information to help scientists find controls for cane toads as ‘toad busting’, hence the large volume of newsletters and cane toad observations published on the website www.canetoads.com.au. Every cane toad caught has had key features including sex and length recorded, samples are dissected for analysis of Lung Worm parasite infection and stomach contents, every ‘toad busting’ trip has a field report of key activities and observations. Many scientific projects have been supported by the efforts of the volunteers. Education is a major role of Kimberley Toad Busters, throughout the Kimberley and WA, especially cane toad identification and the recorded impacts on wildlife. The result over 5 years is a remarkable example of education and community coming together to achieve action on an environmental issue.