Help eradicate Indian myna birds

COFFS Coast residents are being urged to help combat the spread of Indian myna birds on the Mid North Coast by learning how to trap and control their numbers at a series of free workshops.

Indian myna birds are an introduced pest whose success in establishing themselves in Australia has made them a constant threat to our indigenous species.

They were introduced into Victoria in the 19th century, but are now widespread throughout NSW and the east coast of Australia.

Mynas are distinctive because, unlike most birds, they walk rather than hop.

They are noisy, territorial and not afraid of humans. They use their numbers or family groups to take over territory traditionally used by our native birds and they defend their home range from intruders very aggressively.

A series of community Indian myna control workshops are being run at the beginning of March to help educate local communities in the control of this pest.

The workshops will cover:

• Indian myna profile – biology and behaviour.

• Correct species identification and myna look-a-likes.

• Impacts of Indian mynas.

• Indian myna control – trapping and other strategies.

• Establishing an effective trapping network in your community.

The workshops will be held at:

 

SCOTTS HEAD: Wednesday, March 3, at the Christian Youth Centre, Banksia Crescent.

 

WOOLGOOLGA: Thursday, March 4, at Woolgoolga Village Hall, Boundary Street.

 

DORRIGO: Wednesday, March 10, at Dorrigo CWA Hall, Cudgery Street.

Each workshop is free and will run from 1pm to 3.30pm.



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