2009 Indigenous – ‘Caring for Country’ Award
Kimberley Toad Busters’ Cane Toad Education Campaign
Kimberley Toad Busters, WA
Over 2,000 volunteer Kimberley Toad Busters have toadbusted 500,000 field hours catching, recording and humanely disposing of 359,483 cane toads, and millions of eggs, tadpoles and metamorphs. Since September 2005, we have been chasing down front line cane toads every week of the year. Toadbusting is the fun part of serious research, the engagement trigger and ‘glue’ that draws us out there. Almost without noticing, the fun part delivers our objectives:
• thin out and slow toads
• understand ecological communities in which we toadbust, the cane toad and ourselves.
Our hunting instinct is safely harnessed as we toadbust in the public interest in a challenging and dangerous environment, bonding together against a common enemy. We even learn how to tell toads from frogs! Reconciliation through aboriginal and non-aboriginal people toadbusting together just happens. Toadbusting is simply the best trigger for successful community engagement in protecting our environment