Check out what we've been up to in September 2022
Kuranda tree frog creek survey
Our fourth survey showed great results with no presence of yellow crazy ants or electric ants found in Ripple Creek. A team of six volunteers and Wet Tropics Management Authority staff followed the creek line from the Barron River to our last survey points joining up a 500m stretch of beautiful rainforest that is home to the iconic Kuranda tree frog.
Our next monthly survey will be in Warril Creek on 29 October 2022. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch. Community support is so important in eradicating yellow crazy ants from the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Steiner Spring Fair
On Saturday 27 August, the Taskforce and the National Electric Ant Eradication Program joined with a stall at this year’s Steiner Spring Fair. It was a great opportunity to talk to Kuranda and Cairns locals about the invasive ants in Kuranda. We presented live electric and yellow crazy ants for recognition, booked free backyard checks and demonstrated how to quarantine potted plants to prevent spreading invasive ants.
Importantly, we were able to show locals where electric and yellow crazy ant infestations are in the Kuranda area.
A big thank you to Mikhaila Jacoby, founder of the community Taskforce and original Taskforce Coordinator, for supporting us on the day.
Carnival on Collins
Father’s Day at Carnival on Collins was a hoot. The Taskforce joined the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program team in spreading awareness about yellow crazy ants.
As always, it’s great to engage with the community face to face about matters people are interested in when it comes to protecting our place in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers on the day, Tim Brown and Adam Walker.
What’s Coming Up
Do you want to get involved?
Surveys in Kuranda tree frog habitat
WHERE: Lower reaches of Kuranda creeks
WHEN: Monthly survey 8–12.30 pm
Sat 28 Nov – Warril Creek
Invasive ants have been found in critical frog habitat and the Kuranda tree frog is under threat from the yellow crazy ant. Checking for invasive ants will ensure the protection of this endemic and critically endangered species.
Community support is vital in the eradication of invasive ants so please get in touch if you would like to assist with the survey. Lunch is always provided.
Kuranda Spring Fair
WHERE: Kuranda Amphitheatre
WHEN: 8 October 2022 2 pm til dusk
Valued volunteers wanted for shifts on the stall.
If you would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On a final note
The Community Taskforce is a community-run organisation that assists the Wet Tropics Management Authority in managing the yellow crazy ant infestations in Kuranda. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the program, including undertaking monitoring activities, completing surveys of known infestation areas and surrounding areas.
To report illegal dumping contact MSC 1300308461 Report yellow crazy ants 1800 CRAZY ANTS
To volunteer with the Kuranda Yellow Crazy Ant Community Taskforce you can call (07) 4093 8989 or email email@example.com or Kuranda Yellow Crazy Ant Community Taskforce Facebook page.