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21 February, 2021

Help out our native frogs

Our local native frogs and toads are set to get some five-star accommodation after a local girl guides group took it upon themselves to help save their declining population.

By Rhys Thomas

Keirah and Sienna Peckham BACK: Jelena Maksuti and Zion Pitt from Mareeba District Girl Guides

Our local native frogs and toads are set to get some five-star accommodation after a local girl guides group took it upon themselves to help save their declining population.

The Mareeba District Girl Guides have taken matters into their own hands as they set about sourcing recycled materials to make motels for the native frog and toad population.

Due to the Cane Toads humongous appetite and explosive spreading they often push their native competitors out of shelters and out of food.

Mareeba Distract Girl Guides Senior Girls Leader Tammy Pedersen decided to build these motels to help out the girls and native animals.

“We were looking at something that the girls can do for their environmental badges, looking at things that we can with our local native species,” she said.

“One of these is the frog population which is greatly depleted and one of the main reasons for this is Cane Toads and lack of habitat.

“We will go and do some Cane Toad eradication as well and they will be humanely disposed of.”

After conducting research, the group found that you can build frog motels from recycled materials to provide shelter for native frogs and toads.

The young girls at the Mareeba District Girl Guides are looking for your help to save our declining native frog and toad population.

They are searching for any recycled materials to be donated like PVS pipes, pot plants, plastic, bamboo or terracotta.

If you have some of these materials laying around at home and want to do your part to help our native fauna drop it into the girl guides on 14 Egan Street on a Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm.


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