Monday, 24th November 2014

Media release
 

Farmers leading the charge to protect our native birds from Indian Mynas

 

The Goondiwindi Men’s Shed and local farmers have

declared war on the feral pest of the skies – the Indian

Myna, also known as “flying rats”.

 

The Indian Myna, identified by its yellow beak and eye

patch, brown body and black head was first introduced

into Melbourne in the 1860s and has expanded its

population further across Australia to find itself on

our doorstep.

 

Waggamba Landcare Coordinator Bec Morrissy said

“Their territorial and highly aggressive manner displace

native wildlife - taking over tree hollows and nest

sites, forcing native birds out and even eject eggs

right from their nests.”

 

“Local species paying the price for this invasion

include; sulphur-crested cockatoo, crimson rosella, laughing kookaburra, superb fairy-wren, striated pardalote, willie wagtail, grey fantail and magpie-lark” Ms Morrissy said.

 

Earlier this year the Goondiwindi Men’s Shed began taking orders and making Indian Myna traps for members of the community to purchase and use to tackle the increasing population across the area.

 

Local Men’s Shed member Murray Brown said “The response from the community has been great with a number of orders being placed for traps and majority of those being farmers & graziers north and east of Goondiwindi”

 

With Indian Myna populations continuing to grow particularly in residential areas where scavenging pet food is easier, both the Goondiwindi Men’s Shed and Waggamba Landcare are urging all members of the community to get involved and help stop the spread of this invasive pest. 

 

Goondiwindi Regional Council NRM Officer Nathan Stephenson said “using a trap designed specifically for Indian Mynas and a few cat biscuits, they are surprisingly easy to trap.”

 

The traps are built and ready to go, the process for trapping is simple, get behind this community project and help protect our native birds.

 

If you would like more information on how to get involved in the Indian Myna Control Program whether it be helping to make traps at the Men’s Shed or actively trapping in the community, contact Bec Morrissy at Waggamba Landcare on 0428 738 125 or email w.landcare@gmail.com