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Mili - new neighbors?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by wadc45, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Saw this and just couldn't resist...

    Shrieking Frogs Unnerve Hawaiian Island

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    HONOLULU - A tiny frog with a huge shriek has invaded the Big Island and won't shut up.

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    Mayor Harry Kim is looking for $2 million to begin controlling the spread of the nocturnal coqui frog, a beloved native in Puerto Rico but considered an annoying pest in Hawaii since hitching a ride over in shipments of tropical plants around 1990.

    The frogs have been mating easily — and shattering quiet island nights — ever since.

    Aside from the noise, the frogs have a voracious appetite for spiders and insects, competing with native birds and fauna. And coqui frogs are adaptable to many ecosystems and breed heavily in Hawaii, experts said.

    Kim said the Big Island, the local name for the island of Hawaii, will once again ask Gov. Linda Lingle to declare the coqui frog infestation a state emergency to help clear the way for state financial assistance. The $2 million is needed to launch a combined state, federal and county program to combat the frogs, Kim said. He made his plea Tuesday before state lawmakers, who will consider the request later this year.

    Kim said he declared a county emergency in April over the frogs, but the state waited to see if the federal government would offer assistance, which it did not.

    Spraying of a citric acid solution on the islands of Oahu and Kauai have curtailed coqui populations there, but limited spraying on Kim's island has done little.

    "I think the response from all of us has not been timely enough," he said, noting that experts suggest he focus on controlling the coqui's spread, rather than eradicating it completely.

    "I kick myself in the back every day for not getting started more aggressively," Kim said.

    More than 150 communities on the Big Island are now infested with the coin-sized frogs, named after their high-decibel "ko-KEE, ko-KEE" chirp.


  2. Deety

    Deety Senior

    Oh, please. That writer must have been from M*ch*g*n. :wink2:

  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Actually, a couple of my neighbors moved a little over a month ago, and into the house across the street moved a Buckeye fan. He just got a huge LCD TV, and so as soon as he gets the rest of his furniture, we're going to break in the TV right by watching The Game and slamming a few (or more brewskis).
  4. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    NFL playoffs this weekend...and I am both sad and proud to say it's going to be my first time seeing a game in HD. Can't wait...
  5. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Pretty awesome to get neighbors who of all things are Buckeye fans to move in.

    Are there a lot of Buckeyes on the Islands?
  6. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    well wad, you're gonna love it

    you'll never want to watch a non-HD game again
  7. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    There are a surprisingly large amount of OSU fans here. I know of at least four at work, my new neighbor, and heard quite a few "Go Bucks!" at the Pro Bowl last year when I wore my OSU road jersey, along with seeing about 10 people with OSU jerseys and NC T-shirts.
  8. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Sounds like a little slice of heaven on the Islands.

    BTW, where do Hawaiians go for vacation?

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