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1 Building Pride on Guam Cheryl M. Calaustro Guam Dept. of Agriculture

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3 The results of invasive species

4 “Why should I care?”

5 Pre-Campaign Survey conducted in Spring % knew the brown treesnake is a threat 5% knew that feral cats and rodents are also potential predators 43% knew to call authorities regarding invasive species 40% knew to not release animals into the wild 23% knew to spay and neuter pets

6 Survey continued… The majority of youth were neutral when asked if they thought spaying or neutering pets will help native wildlife. The majority of youth believe there is something they can do to protect the native wildlife of Guam. The majority of youth who own pets did not have them spayed or neutered.

7 Christmas trees may hide invaders BY BRETT KELMAN PACIFIC DAILY NEWS NOVEMBER 28, 2008 There could be more than just ornaments hanging in your tree. Snake comes in by Christmas tree BY BRETT KELMAN PACIFIC DAILY NEWS DECEMBER 5, 2008 Workers at Cost-U-Less in Tamuning found a present under one of their Christmas trees a little early this year -a snake.

8 Results SMART Objective Pre-Campaign (%) Post-Campaign (%) Change (Post% - Pre%) SMART Objective attainment By the end of April 2009, increase from 67% to 87% (a 20 percentage point increase) the number of youth (ages 16-20) who state that “the ko’ko’ are only found on Guam” pp39.5% By the end of April 2009, increase from 25% to 45% (a 20 percentage point increase) the number of youth (ages 16-20) who “strongly agree” that spaying/neutering pets helps native wildlife pp20.5% By the end of April 2009, increase from 44% to 64% (a 20 percentage point increase) the number of youth (ages 16-20) who do not release unwanted pets in the wild pp56.0%

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10 “Seeing” Results SAVE KO’KO’ Sal Avilla II, Christian Cruz, Anthony Concepcion (GWHS – 9/10 English class) We’ll kill all the snakes We’ll shoot all the cats We’ll do whatever it takes We’ll burn all the rats We shall chow the pig and deer We will eat with no regret Ko’ko’ birds help is near Ko’ko’ Rap Gerika Paulino, 5 th grade Inarajan Elementary Long ago, on the island of GUAM Ko’ ko’ birds were oh so calm. Now they are oh so scared ‘cause the brown tree snake made them bare. The snakes catch them ‘cause they can’t fly No one wants to see the ko’ko’ go BYE!!!! Please don’t make the ko’ko’s go please. ‘cause you’ll never be at ease……

11 Importance of Stakeholders/ Partnerships You can’t do it alone Added resources/ knowledge Enable the removal of barriers Continuance of campaign goals Che’lu with US Congressman Rahall, Chairman for the Committee of Natural Resources and Guam Congresswoman Bordallo Supporters of the ko’ko’ come from all walks of life.

12 Lessons Learned Move along on the behavior change continuum. Everyone has challenges, adaptive management is key. Achievement is relative. Look for new opportunities.

13 Ko’ko’ for Cocos!!!

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17 Guam’s forests now sing

18 Cheryl M. Calaustro Wildlife Biologist gmail.com


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