Another information session on controlling the Indian Myna bird is to be held in Benalla in October, following the highly successful session earlier in the year attended by over 90 people.
The Indian Myna bird is a major threat to Australian Native birds. They are an aggressive species which take over other birds nests, eject nestlings and eggs and compete with native wildlife for food and habitat. Their presence in the Benalla area has been growing steadily. As such there has been an increase in community concern and interest in what can be done to help stop their spread.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group, with the support of the Benalla Rural City Council and the Gecko CLaN Landcare Network, are holding an Indian Myna information session on Thursday 17 October at 7:30pm at BPACC.
Max Caithness from the Yarra Indian Myna Action Group will be presenting on Indian Myna identification, behaviour, what people can do to deter the birds from settling in their area, how to use traps and where traps are available. Local wildlife ecologist Lance Williams will be presenting on the impact of Indian Mynas on native fauna and why they are such a problem. Traps will also be available for purchase at the information session.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group was established earlier this year after a noticeable increase in Indian Myna numbers in Benalla and district areas and a growing concern amongst the community. The Group aims to raise awareness about the Indian Myna, encourages the community to assist with control and monitors trapping results. Although there are many people already involved, the eradication effort needs to be expanded as widely as possible.
The group has made and sold at least 70 traps, and several hundred birds have been reported as caught, although unreported trappings are expected to be much higher.
The Council’s General Manager Development and Environment Veronica Schilling is encouraging anyone who is concerned to attend the information session.
“The Indian Myna has been listed in the top 100 of the worlds most invasive species,” said Ms Schilling. "To have any impact on reducing Indian Myna numbers and spread, a whole of community effort is required’.
People wishing to learn more about the Indian Myna and how to deter it from inhabiting their backyard or those who want to become involved in the Benalla Indian Myna Action Group or the control program are encouraged to attend the session. Please register for the information session by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Sam on 57627795.
Please contact Larissa Montgomery, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, on 57602600 for further information.