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Keeping a Coqui -Free Waimea takes a community

<p>About 50 Waimea residents recently attended a Coqui Control Workshop at Horizon Auto. Members of Coqui-Free Waimea kicked off the 2013 coqui season with updates on locations of coqui infestations and demonstrations of equipment used for control of the noisy pest that threatens a variety of endemic species. A grant from the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation enabled CFW to buy sprayers ranging from bottles, backpack sprayers to 26-gallon, 50-gallon and 400-gallon tanks. The group is actively requesting community donations to help pay for citric acid for use in the sprayers, with checks to: The Kohala Center (with Coqui-Free Waimea in the memo line), P.O. Box 437462, Kamuela, HI, 96743. (COURTESY PHOTO BY JONATHAN RAWLE)</p>

About 50 Waimea residents recently attended a Coqui Control Workshop at Horizon Auto. Members of Coqui-Free Waimea kicked off the 2013 coqui season with updates on locations of coqui infestations and demonstrations of equipment used for control of the noisy pest that threatens a variety of endemic species. A grant from the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation enabled CFW to buy sprayers ranging from bottles, backpack sprayers to 26-gallon, 50-gallon and 400-gallon tanks. The group is actively requesting community donations to help pay for citric acid for use in the sprayers, with checks to: The Kohala Center (with Coqui-Free Waimea in the memo line), P.O. Box 437462, Kamuela, HI, 96743. (COURTESY PHOTO BY JONATHAN RAWLE)

<p>Norris Gonsalves, left, shows Bill Ferreira and Melora Purell how to manage the fire hose attached to Coqui-Free Waimea’s largest, 400-gallon tank, on loan from the county. After the workshop at Horizon Auto, members of the volunteer organization, along with vertebrate-control techs from the Big Island Invasive Species Committee and members of the workshop audience sprayed infested property behind Kamehameha Preschool. (COURTESY PHOTO BY JONATHAN RAWLE)</p>

Norris Gonsalves, left, shows Bill Ferreira and Melora Purell how to manage the fire hose attached to Coqui-Free Waimea’s largest, 400-gallon tank, on loan from the county. After the workshop at Horizon Auto, members of the volunteer organization, along with vertebrate-control techs from the Big Island Invasive Species Committee and members of the workshop audience sprayed infested property behind Kamehameha Preschool. (COURTESY PHOTO BY JONATHAN RAWLE)

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