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Why communities are concerned


Community champion: Bill Handke, President of the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG)

 
For those communities that have seen the invasion of myna birds, the problem is serious. The colonisation of myna birds has coincided with a decline in native birds, insects and small reptiles in towns and cities across the eastern Australia. While there may be a number of causes for this, the weight of observations by people in the community point clearly to the myna as a contributor to this decline. There are reports of mynas evicting or taking over nesting hollows from native birds, of destroying eggs and killing chicks, of killing adult nesting birds on open nests, and of foraging for threatened and endangered insects implicate mynas as a serious pest to our urban wildlife. For towns and cities where myna birds have not yet colonised, preventing their establishment is critical for protecting our wildlife. Myna's are no-longer limited to our cities and urban areas. They have now colonised many farming areas, bushland, parkland, and many sensitive environmental areas. 
 

Bill Handke - Photo by CIMAG

Community champion, Bill Handke talks about the importance of controlling myna birds and how people can get involved.

“The community can be a powerful hand in turning things around. Community trapping can have a remarkable impact as demonstrated by the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group Inc. Myna numbers have been reduced drastically over the 5 years that the community-action program has been underway in Canberra. As a consequence of having over 1000 traps spread throughout Canberra and nearby communities, widespread trapping has years reduced mynas from being the 3rd most common bird in Canberra to the 13th, according to the local Canberra birdwatchers weekly survey of birds. Whereas the surveys once showed that 5 mynas were seen on average in each survey site per week back in 2005-06, now on average only 1.7 birds are seen per survey site per week. The change is dramatic. People report small birds are back in gardens; rosellas and galahs are back in nesting boxes and tree hollows from which they had been evicted previously by mynas, and no longer is the peace disturbed by the raucous calls of mynas or patios fouled by these pest birds. Every community can play a part in tackling the problem of mynas in their area, or stop them from colonising their town or suburb. As is the case generally with pests, early action is the key to long-term control.”

Image by M and C Gilfedder

Source: M and C Gilfedder

Why MynaScan?  

  • We need to keep an watchful eye on the myna bird problem to counter-act the threat posed by myna birds
  • MynaScan empowers communities with the tools to map myna locations accurately anywhere in Australia.
  • MynaScan can help us come together as a community to prevent further establishment of new myna populations
  • MynaScan can be used by groups or individuals to record sightings of myna's, record damage and record control activities to improve the way we many the pests.
MynaScan Community Champion Bill Handke has been working to address the problem of myna birds in the ACT for many years. His passion for native wildlife has led to his determination to reduce myna numbers and give our native species a chance. Bill has seen first hand the benefits of community-led action to prevent myna birds, and attributes positive results to the perseverance of concerned communities and onground trapping activities.

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CONTROL ADVICE

  • Never approach traps during daylight hours as trapped myna birds may give an alarm call that other birds will hear. Thereafter they may perceive the trap as a threat - Bill Handke
  • Make sure there is plenty of food, water and shelter in your myna bird trap - Happy lure birds (callers) will attract others - Nick K
  • Email your top control tips to mynascan@feralscan.org.au and we’ll display them here
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