Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Update November 2012 -- The board discussed our years activities:  many treatments and even more requests for information and another generous grant from the Bill Healey Foundation for equipment and supplies.

Because the frogs continue to increase their numbers and area, we've been discussing a change in tactics.  When it rains the male coqui frogs climb their trees and call for mates, but during the drier weather both males and females quietly live on in the leaf litter beneath their trees and in rock walls.  If we can identify the trees or groups of trees where they are noisiest during the wet season, we can spread baking soda there during the dry season and be sure the frogs will come into contact with the soda before it gets washed away. 
Call us to help silence the frogs now and in the future.
cell  896-2110

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January Update

Aloha,

Here's the news for 2011. This January we had our annual board meeting.  Four board members remain and one new member joined us.  Mahalo to Ru for taking minutes as recording secretary and to Steve for serving as bookkeeper.  We are grateful to report the Bill Healy Foundation accepted our grant proposal in 2010.  Thank you for your grant of $4,000 we'll use toward treatment supplies, education efforts and special projects.

January we are treating areas on Painted Church Rd.  Treatment dates to be scheduled for Napo'opo'o Rd coming soon.  Neighbors in the area have given us permission to tag and treat a coqui infested property behind the coffee mill.  If you live in South Kona and you are interested in Keep Kona Quiet, please volunteer.  Volunteers are needed for education projects, contacting neighbors, and treatment days.  CALL :  896-2110



How can you can help?
Friends, farmers and neighbors are supporting each other by:

Tagging Trees - join us for "friends & flashlights in the moonlight"
TREATing areas for coqui frog contol
Calling & Contacting neighbors
Make a Meal or a snack to "renew the crew"
Display the Keep Kona Quiet bumper sticker in a "loud" place.

Reminder:  We are not a membership organization - the board serves as a legal body to get the supplies and info we need into the hands of helpers who will Keep Kona Quiet.


Donations accepted. Mail to:

Keep Kona Quiet
83-5368 Middle Ke'ei Rd
Captain Cook, HI 96704


Mahalo for doing your part to Keep Kona Quiet

Friday, January 28, 2011

Coqui Sounds in Puna

Recently, some of our South Kona neighbors were in Puna.  Listen to the noise recording of invasive coqui frog on RIGHT.  The per acre density of frogs in Puna along the Red Road is very high. The sound from the coqui frogs there is intense and very loud.

Listening: on the right side of this blog page you'll see a green mp3 player. Click on the triangle to hear the sounds of the night when coqui frogs are allowed to spread. From a distance the coqui sound may not seem noisy, however, at a close distance their sound is deafening - measured at over 90 decibels (louder than a lawn mower). Imagine this sound near your home throughout the night.

Keep Kona Quiet

Thursday, July 29, 2010

2010 Update

Dear Friends,

A Neighborhood Watch meeting is scheduled tonight at the Painted Church form 6 - 8 pm for residents in Honaunau near Painted Church Rd, Middle Keei Rd and surrounding areas.  Agenda includes a brief update on our community coqui situation.

Please note: flyers distributed at the meeting are now posted here for your reference - currently updated for 2010.  Mahalo.


Tips for Community Coqui Control 
from the 2010 Honaunau Ke’ei Coqui Watch 

WHY we need to work together:
Do you hear coqui frog noise in the evening?  Coqui are small frogs that make big noise. Above the Mormon Church on Hwy 11, decibel levels have been measured between 70 - 90. This is the level of moderate-to-heavy street traffic or the din in neighborhoods along aircraft corridors. 75 decibels or higher substantially increases the risk of hearing loss. Unmanaged coqui habitats can create excessive noise. 
The World Health Organization recognizes noise as a serious health hazard. Prolonged or 
excessive exposure to noise may lead to sleep loss, provoke annoyance responses or hearing 
impairments.  (Research from the WHO online).
WHAT are coqui frog habits & facts: 
During the day, most coqui frogs reside just under the ground to stay wet and cool: under low plants, mulch or rocks. However, some frogs stay up in plants that hold moisture like bananas, ti, and lahala. At sunset, any time of the year, frogs come to the ground surface to eat bugs. Please note: just after sunset is a good time to locate frogs and eradicate them even when it is dry and males are not calling. Coqui have an area on their underside where they absorb moisture. When they sit on the slat baking soda powder, they absorb it and die. Dusting under specific trees should be quicker and more effective than covering an entire habitat area. 
 Males are mature enough to make noise at about 7 months. Males climb plants or manmade 
objects (including house rooftops!) in the evening to call females and claim their territory. Females and young males do not make noise. Male coqui are quiet when it’s dry, cold, or tending eggs. You may have coqui, even if you don’t hear them. Know that when you first hear one or two frogs, there are many more silently multiplying that you don’t hear. Therefore, keep treating & maintaing infested areas.
A pair of frogs can produce *40 frog eggs every two & a half weeks. That’s 291,600,000 frogs in 40 months. A concerned resident at a Kona Rotary meeting reported 10,000 frogs per acre. There are no natural predators for coqui frogs on the Hawaiian Islands and populations are expanding out of balance. Research is currently being done to test coqui impact on the ecology.
While it is seems coqui are here on the island to stay, know you and your immediate 
neighbors CAN do your part to keep coqui away! 
HOW to take action with a few easy steps: 
Coqui control is successful when motivated neighbors take ACTION to work together!
While many methods have been tried for coqui control, coqui frog populations can be managed. Communities near Capt. Cook Rd, Kaloko, Honalo, Hawi & N. Kohala are frog free. Create your own “frog free zone” with neighbors near you!
Many methods:
TAG -n- TREAT:  For ‘isolated frogs‘, when you first hear 1 or 2 
This best time to manage coqui near you!  
First listen and locate frogs in the evening just after sunset. 
Directly apply citric acid solution (formula below), with hand sprayer. Direct contact is needed to be effective.  
Or, tag trees with survey tape, write down month & year of finding with marker pen. (chances are, you may have to return to this spot later for follow up treatment)  Return the next day, on a clear afternoon with little chance of rain, and treat area with dry baking soda*.  (Baking soda will still work even when its a little wet). Distribute baking soda evenly around base of tagged trees.  When coqui frogs come up from the ground near sunset time to feed, their contact with baking soda causes death. 
For larger areas of coqui habitat infestation:
spray citric acid solution or dry baking soda* from a large backpack blower Several applications may be needed for maintenance. Prevent coqui habitats from spreading or secure the perimeter of your property by clearing a 5 ft barrier along your property. 
* Citric acid dissolve in water with any size sprayer: 1.3 lb of citric acid per gallon 1 of water. (16% solution) This solution requires direct contact with coqui frog to be effective. 
* Catch by Hand use clear plastic gloves or bags, turn inside out, tie & put in freezer. 
* Hydrated lime is no longer legally recommended for coqui control, but some find it still works.
* Hot water – 113 to 119 degrees – kills frogs 
  • Baking soda is found effective “in the field” however, it is still considered an experimental method and not approved by the BIISC - more research needs to be done.
KEEP KONA QUIET: Honaunau Ke’ei Coqui Watch 
Volunteers are needed: in the field, make a meal to renew the crew, or to call & coordinate treatment dates with neighbors. Please note: our community coqui watch is currently designed as a resource for education and empowerment, your participation and contribution is encouraged so we can work together.

Keep Kona Quiet, a 501c3 (#20-3505810), kindly accepts your tax-deductible donations. 
Support our sole mission and purpose: protect the peaceful environment of Honaunau & Ke’ei ahupua’a through community coqui control. Mahalo & Aloha
Mahalo for doing your part to Keep Kona Quiet

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June update - Neighborhood reports

Dear Friends,

Thank you to our neighbors who are taking action to maintain hawaii coqui frog populations in Honaunau and Captain Cook in the past few weeks:
on Rock Bottom Rd, Painted Church Rd, makai of Captain Cook police station, and makua of Honaunau school.

With the return of the rains, it a good opportunity to listen and locate frogs.  Mark your trees with survey tape or string so you can return later for treatment.

Mahalo for doing your part to Keep Kona Quiet!

aloha.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hitchhikers

Dear Friends,

Our faithful President and V.P. went out to assess the situation at the Honaunau PO this Monday. For now it seems mostly quiet, except for a lone coqui frog, a 'hitchhiker' resting on a truck around the corner on HWY 160.  Please note our treatment plan for the PO on WED this week is canceled, and may be rescheduled later.

Remember, when you travel to coqui infested areas, coqui frogs may 'hitchhike' a free ride on your car or truck.  The frogs then may jump off in your driveway or wherever you park and establish habitats in new areas.

You can help prevent the spread of coqui frogs. Sprinkling a light dusting of baking soda underneath your car where you park. Since the frogs dissolve on contact with salty content in baking soda, this can prevent these 'hitchhikers' from establishing new noisy habitats near your home.

Mahalo for doing your part to Keep Kona Quiet.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May Update

After a soft return of rain in West Hawaii, Honaunau volunteers are gathering together to maintain coqui frog populations in their neighborhoods.

Mahalo to:
Chuck and friends who met on Tuesday 5/18 near Hwy 11 and the pizza place in Captain Cook.

Ron and friends to Re-treat SKEA on HWY 11 in Honaunau on Wed. 5/19

Next week:
Listen and locate frogs at Honaunau PO at 7 pm MON 5/24,
Then, meet Chris and friends to re-treat this area on WED 5/26 at 4 pm.

Our mantra to Keep Kona Quiet is : Tag, Treat and Repeat. First, listen and locate frogs to TAG trees just after sunset.  Return during the day to TREAT the area.  REPEAT the process for the most effective results.

Mahalo for doing your part to Keep Kona Quiet.