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Susan Wishart
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KirMiTS - 340 toads and counting (but sadness in Lakeside)

Hi All340 toads found to date by the Kirstenhof toaders - thanks so much to all the reliable 'rosterees' and al the ad hoc helpers!It has been great to have so many kids as well - like 5 year old Emma who asked her Mom last night 'can we do this every day'!  Love that.Sadness in Lakeside Main Road where every toad we see is a dead toad - almost impossible to police that road...need a Plan B for next year (maybe 'B' for barrier fence)!Keep toading.Susan.See More
Aug 12, 2014
Susan Wishart posted a blog post

KirMiTS 2014 - let the toading begin

Hi AllInformation & training session to be held this Saturday, 26 July, at the Tokai Library from 10h00-11h30.  Contact me for more details - khaye@learntoearn.co.za or 0834414740.Thanks, Susan.See More
Jul 21, 2014
Donnavan left a comment for Susan Wishart
"Hi Susan No, you can put as many toads in a bag as you can fit in. I know they are. We will refund any expenses gladly. Thanks again! You can let me know when migration stopped, we will send someone to take them off your back asap. Donnavan"
Sep 7, 2013
Susan Wishart left a comment for Donnavan
"Hi Donnavan - do you need the dead toads to all be frozen in separate bags?  Weird question but sealable bags are pricey!!"
Sep 6, 2013
Susan Wishart posted a blog post

KirMiTS - 70 toads tonight

The Kirstenhof toads started their 'big' move tonight (Friday 6th September) with over 70 toads saved - and unfortunately at least 6 dead.  If previous years are anything to go by, we expect the next few nights to see all our toads moving to the breeding sites and back again.Any help is welcome - to supplement the fantastic KirMiTS teams.  Contact me on 0834414740 or meet at the Church of the Holy Spirit parking lot, Raapkraal Road, Kirstenhof at 7pm.ThanksSusan.See More
Sep 6, 2013
Donnavan left a comment for Susan Wishart
"Hi Susan Yes, I am trying to get into this toad craze in every way I can. It is really amazing to see so many people dedicated to make a difference - and that for a toad! Truly astonishing! I am back in Potch. I arrived here late morning and there…"
Aug 29, 2013
Susan Wishart left a comment for Donnavan
"Nice to see you on board here, Donnavan.  It would be great to get the outcome of your project in due course.  Hope last night was not too wet & miserable. Regards Susan."
Aug 28, 2013
Susan Wishart posted a blog post

KirMiTS - toads on the move!

Hi EveryoneCarol Fallowes reported calling in the Marina on Sunday and we started patrolling on Monday night.  Our toads are definitely on the move with about 20 on Monday and 25 last night.  Thanks to all the great volunteers including our 'newbies' who have come out - especially those you are willing to walk in the rain!Raapkraal and Kerner Road breeding sites are calling now.  Sadly - about 7 dead already - mostly on Main Road (Lakeside and Kirstenhof/ Frogmore Estate) - PLEASE alert your…See More
Aug 28, 2013
Susan Wishart posted a blog post

KirMiTS - let the Toading begin

The 2013 toading season is upon us - training for those in the Southern suburbs takes place on 20 July at 15h15 at the Tokai library.  For more info - Susan (083 441 4740).If you can't make the training but would like to volunteer for the season please let us know!  Some long-term volunteers are no longer available so please sign-up.See More
Jul 13, 2013
Susan Wishart posted a photo

Scritch my tummy, ooh scritch my tummy...

Female WLT in Kirstenhof reacts unusually to being checked for sexing. 3 September 2012.
Sep 3, 2012
Susan Wishart posted a blog post

Snoring...

Everyone is amazed at the loud and plentiful snoring this year.  The KirMiTS ponds are still calling Raapkraal, Duck Pond, Westlake River at Lakeside Main Road, Rutter Road and all over the Marina.  Many volunteers out last night and again tonight.Tuesday was our big night so far - 309 toads - 264 in Kirstenhof (with 8 dead) plus the 30 volunteers reported in an earlier blog.  Thanks again to the volunteers - we really value your involvement.See More
Aug 30, 2012
Susan Wishart posted a photo

Hmmm - was really hoping this was a girl toad!

This little male in Kirstenhof was the first toad we encountered on 28th Aug and was being used to show all the new volunteers what to do. He figured that all that hanging about should count for something! Had to convince him to let go and try…
Aug 30, 2012
Susan Wishart commented on Suzie's blog post Toads season started in Sunvalley Fish Hoek & Noordhoek!
"Interesting how the toads on both sides of the mountain decided to move at the same time this year!  PLEASE everyone - tell someone about toads - we are also experiencing high kill zones in Lakeside Main Road."
Aug 29, 2012
Susan Wishart posted a blog post

TOADS ALL OVER THE SHOW!

Wow - I asked for extra help in the KirMiTS area and we had 30 people out tonight - so amazing - thanks guys.  It was especially good to have 10 kids helping.  Some of them are from Kirstenhof Primary - thanks Alison for the talks you have given there and to the school & teachers for keeping Leopard Toads on the agenda. More than 80 toads in Kirstenhof alone and still waiting for some reports to come in. Lakeside Main Road seems a bad hotspot for us this year with 4 more dead tonight…See More
Aug 28, 2012
Susan Wishart posted a blog post

KirMiTS - let the toading begin!

Well after 3 weeks of having teams on stand-by (some of which did go out anyway), our toads started moving in earnest tonight in Kirstenhof, and, it seems Lakeside and Marina - still waiting to hear from Muizenberg.We had over 30 in Kirstenhof - 1 dead but, unfortunately, 6 killed on Main Road in Lakeside.  This is really frustrating - the most hectic road in our area - most of them were near Toad in the Road and we are going to have to think smart to change the racers on that road for 1 week a…See More
Aug 27, 2012
Susan Wishart posted a status
"KirMiTS toading started on 27 July but so far our toads are still sleeping! We look forward to hearing the first calls!"
Aug 3, 2011

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KirMiTS - 340 toads and counting (but sadness in Lakeside)

Hi All

340 toads found to date by the Kirstenhof toaders - thanks so much to all the reliable 'rosterees' and al the ad hoc helpers!

It has been great to have so many kids as well - like 5 year old Emma who asked her Mom last night 'can we do this every day'!  Love that.

Sadness in Lakeside Main Road where every toad we see is a dead toad - almost impossible to police that road...need a Plan B for next year (maybe 'B' for barrier…

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Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:26pm

KirMiTS 2014 - let the toading begin

Hi All

Information & training session to be held this Saturday, 26 July, at the Tokai Library from 10h00-11h30.  Contact me for more details - khaye@learntoearn.co.za or 0834414740.

Thanks, Susan.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:01pm

KirMiTS - 70 toads tonight

The Kirstenhof toads started their 'big' move tonight (Friday 6th September) with over 70 toads saved - and unfortunately at least 6 dead.  If previous years are anything to go by, we expect the next few nights to see all our toads moving to the breeding sites and back again.

Any help is welcome - to supplement the fantastic KirMiTS teams.  Contact me on 0834414740 or meet at the Church of the Holy Spirit parking lot, Raapkraal Road, Kirstenhof at…

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 10:19pm

KirMiTS - toads on the move!

Hi Everyone

Carol Fallowes reported calling in the Marina on Sunday and we started patrolling on Monday night.  Our toads are definitely on the move with about 20 on Monday and 25 last night.  Thanks to all the great volunteers including our 'newbies' who have come out - especially those you are willing to walk in the rain!

Raapkraal and Kerner Road breeding sites are calling now.  Sadly - about 7 dead already - mostly on Main Road (Lakeside and Kirstenhof/ Frogmore Estate) -…

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Posted on August 28, 2013 at 4:16pm

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At 9:16pm on February 16, 2010, Suzie said…
Welcome to ToadNUTS Susan, hope you enjoy the site!
At 3:25pm on August 29, 2013, Donnavan said…

Hi Susan

Yes, I am trying to get into this toad craze in every way I can. It is really amazing to see so many people dedicated to make a difference - and that for a toad! Truly astonishing!

I am back in Potch. I arrived here late morning and there are so much to do after the two weeks I've been in CT.

So, here are your numbers:

On the 27th, Tuesday, I took 12 toads (10 males,  from the road (Waterford Circle). I spent about 5 minutes to drive around in this circle. I did not search any longer...I continued with my own data collection.

A request from my supervisor:

There are a parasite occurring in the urinary bladder of the Western Leopard Toad. This parasite has only been fond once a few decades ago and never again. The toad hosted more than 2000 parasites in its bladder. Now it is a big hunt to find them again for further studies. Obviously putting live toads to sleep is out of the question, and this is where the request comes in. Will it be possible if you could keep the roadkill, bag them and freeze them. As soon as the migration season has passed and volunteers can continue with their normal lives, you can let him know and he will arrange for the collection of the specimens.

I will also send out this info to all coordinators.

I will be happy to provide you with the research chapter as soon as it is done and dusted.

Kind regards

Donnavan

At 9:57am on September 7, 2013, Donnavan said…

Hi Susan

No, you can put as many toads in a bag as you can fit in. I know they are. We will refund any expenses gladly.

Thanks again! You can let me know when migration stopped, we will send someone to take them off your back asap.

Donnavan

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