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MID SEASON REPORT - AUGUST 2009
The Western Leopard Toad breeding season appears to have been split into two this year. We now sit in a quiet middle period with one half completed and one half yet to happen.
Migration and breeding erupted in Noordhoek, Fishhoek and Kirstenhof in the last few days of July and continued on until around the 10th of August when it activity tapered off. Kirstenhof was heavily monitored on a nightly basis with three breeding sites documented and surrounding roads patrolled. The Dreyersdal region saw most of its movement in the first week of August as toads journeyed down to the Zwaanswyk wetland. Calls were recorded at Little Princess Vlei (Heathfield), Klein Wassenaar, Psoralia Park (Muizenberg) and Marina Da Gama during the early days of August leading into second week of the month. Volunteers from the Little Princess Vlei vicinity noted only two road kills during the brief migration, while at Psoralia Park a handful were picked up. The Steenberg, Tokai and Lakeside breeding sites were active just days apart around the 12th of August. A second big move was observed on Tokai Rd on the 15th of August, when road traffic was slowed down by a determined group of volunteers.
On the other side of False Bay, calling started on August 1st and carried on for two weeks. Large breeding assemblages occurred at De Uijlenes and Klein Paradijs. A special initiative this year funded by SANBI and carried out by the Nature Conservation Corporation found several new breeding sites and extended the edge of the distribution into Agulhas National Park. A detailed report of these exciting findings is currently being drawn up.
Meanwhile, enthusiasts are still waiting for breeding to start in Bergvliet (Die Oog), Constantia, Dennedal and Hout Bay sites. A second move may be on the cards for Kirstenhof, as this has been of occurred for the past two years.
We urge motorists to stay alert in all toad areas, especially on roads surrounding breeding sites.
Many thanks to everyone who has helped with the breeding effort this year. We saw fewer mortalities than every before and that is great news for the Endangered Western Leopard Toad. But there is still much more to be done. If you would to volunteer there is still a chance to be part of the action! Call the Western Leopard Toad hotline number given below and join the ranks of your local toad volunteer group.
2009 BREEDING SEASON HAS STARTED! - JULY 2009
Calling from Cape Point Vineyards pond on Sat the 1st August (estimate about 50 toads all fighting for calling spots) - they were calling from both bottom ponds (last year only the one pond) Males seemed to be competing for calling spots.
Also from Fishoek soccer fields on Sat the 1st August (daytime) we recorded calling.
Breeding season definitly has started on our side, rainy nights, heavy movement, next day, bit of movement no rain, last night 2 toads in 2 hours no rain.
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We need your photos for our extensive identification project! PLEASE take a photo of your toad and and upload it onto our UPLOAD YOUR TOAD site. Follow this link to contribute to citizen science http://bgis.sanbi.org/uploadyourtoad