In Australia, the cane toad has been recognized as an invasive species for nearly eight decades. Stopping the spread of the cane toad has been unsuccessful, however, new ways of at least controlling the toad, such as citizen science, are aiding in its removal. The only volunteer group that is concerned with the cane toad’s control and ultimate destruction is the Kimberley Toad Busters, which were established in 2005. The members apart of this organization go through training and are educated on the cane toad and are led by leaders. The toads are measured, weighed, and their sex is determined. The Kimberley Toad Busters are just as focused on cane toads as they are establishing knowledge about them in the community. This is a prime example of citizen science and how it can be effective in getting a firmer grip on an invasive species.
I thought this example of citizen science was really interesting. It’s great to see how volunteers can make such a difference and do a lot of the data collection for the scientists.