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Myna problem grows major

HELP protect local wildlife and sign up to an Indian Myna Bird Workshop.

The regular workshops are part of a Wollongong City Council-sponsored community program that aims to monitor, and reduce, the number of Indian Myna Birds in the region.

Indian Myna Birds are considered an urban pest. They are known to bully native birds around food sources, and compete for nesting sites.

Through the Indian Myna Bird Program people are taught steps taken to reduce the breeding, feeding and roosting opportunities for the birds. Participants also learn how to trap the birds in a humane way, using a method that’s accepted by the Pest Animal Advisory Group, an organisation made up of animal welfare and government agencies.

Council’s Natural Areas Coordinator Alycia Clifford said this is an essential program and one that has been successful in the city.

“To date we’ve had around 540 people attended the workshops since the launch of the program in March 2011 and we’ve collected a wealth of information that is being provided to University of Western Sydney as part of a two-year research project,” Ms Clifford said.

Council will run another workshop on Friday April 27 and another on Saturday May 26. People can register for the workshops by contacting Council.

“We know there are a lot of people in our community who are interested in protecting native species from this urban pest which can have an impact on wildlife and human health,” Ms Clifford said.

“This program is a positive way people can reduce numbers of this species that is native to the Indian sub-continent and South East Asia. It’s worth noting, people must participate in one of Council’s workshop before they may participate in trapping the birds.”

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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One thought on “Myna problem grows major

  1. You must be doing something right. I have visited Thirroul for a few weeks each year for around five years now and was always disappointed to see only Indian mynas, yellow and white cockatoos and the odd lorikeet (apart from water birds of course). This year is different, I am seeing plenty of honey eaters,varieties of parrots, and more tiny finches both in the garden and when out walking. While there is a sad side to culling it obviously needed to happen.

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    Posted by Heather Weegen | October 8, 2012, 12:49 am

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