Indian Myna Control Projects
We are running a series of projects in Inglewood, Yelarbon, Roma and Toowoomba to remove pest bird Indian Mynas from our region.
What can be done?
Around the home and in your local community - Improve local habitat to better cater for native birds.
- Actively preclude mynas from nesting/roosting in houses, farm buildings & sheds e.g. cover gaps in buildings/eaves with bird-proof netting or wire mesh and block any active nest or roost entrances (when birds are not inside or ensure humanely killed beforehand)
- Resist deliberately feeding birds where mynas are present
- Ensure mynas can’t access pet food or other potential food sources
- Raise awareness with friends and family about the myna problem and control measures
- Lobby Local and State Government representatives to take a more pro-active stance on myna control
- Monitor myna numbers before and after any control actions
- Join in with a local coordinated trapping program
- MynaScan - If you are not in an area where a coordinated control program is taking place, you can record myna sightings and control activities into Mynascan. MynaScan is a community website that allows you to record and map sightings of myna birds, their impacts, and control activities in your local area. Use MynaScan data to help decide where to control myna birds in your local area.
Woodlands and forests with many layers provide habitat for native birds but are seldom used by Indian mynas. Create parks and gardens with structural diversity that incorporate native species and include:
- Grasses with seeds
- Prickly bushes for protection
- Flowering plants for food and to attract insects used as food
Taller bushes and trees
- Keep it Messy Mate – avoid unnecessary “tidying up” of landscapes
- Retain and protect native vegetation
- Protect and retain hollow bearing trees - Tree hollows are 100 – 250 years in the making - More than 300 species of Australian native animals — mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians — use tree hollows
- Supplement habitat features (such as hollows) with suitable nest boxes where necessary.
There are a number of coordinated trapping programs taking place across the region.
If you are in South East Queensland, the ‘Common Myna Humane Reduction Program in Brisbane’ is a community program of Brisbane Catchments Network which creates community awareness of common myna impacts, volunteers build cages and participants trap common myna birds in their backyards.
INGLEWOOD - Over 3,500 Indian mynas have been trapped and humanely destroyed by Inglewood volunteers since the project began in October 2013. The Inglewood Mate’s shed are also constructing bird nesting boxes to be placed strategically around town to cater for the birds flocking back into the town. Contact: The Inglewood Mates Shed.
YELARBON - Following on from the success at Inglewood, a number of locals are monitoring native bird numbers whilst others are trapping mynas around Yelarbon. If you would like to be involved, contact Matt Brown at QMDC on 4637 6200.
ROMA - The Roma project began in December 2015 with an initial awareness campaign to identify roost trees and hotspots for common mynas and so that control activities could be strategic and targeted. Native bird surveys are also being undertaken. Community members are encouraged to report sightings which will be confirmed and mapped early in the New Year followed by a community information day. To get involved in the project or to report sightings, please contact: Maranoa Regional Landcare coordinator Judith Symonds on 0428 226 010.
MILLMERRAN - To find out what project is underway contact: Rebecca Kirby, Millmerran Landcare Phone: 042 952 336
MILES - Contact: Claire York at Murilla Landcare on phone 07 4627 2125.
TOOWOOMBA - Traps are available for purchase from the Highfields Mens Shed. They meet every Monday and Thursday mornings in their shed located at the Cabarlah Showgrounds, contact them by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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