About this program
The ‘Common Myna Humane Reduction Program’ has grown out of Brisbane Catchments Network’s Biodiversity Strategy and Feral Animal awareness. Early funding for the program has been through a Brisbane City Council Environment Grant.
It is a B4C community program which creates community awareness of Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) impacts, encourages monitoring, and cages are built by volunteers and participants trap Common Myna birds in their backyards.
If you are interested in trapping, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We require participants to attend one of our workshops first.
Next Myna Bird Humane Reduction Workshops:
Wednesday 9th August 2017, 6.30-8.30pm.
Sustainability Centre, Corner of 1358 Old Cleveland Rd & Wright St Carindale.
Free but bookings required.
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Monday 21st August, 2017, 6.30-8.30pm.
Sandbag – Sandgate Community Centre, 153 Rainbow St, Sandgate.
Free but bookings required.
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Thank you for such an interesting and informative evening. I feel like I have a much better understanding of the problem of invasive species in Australia and Mynas in particular.
– Karen Palmer (re workshop 9 March 2017, McDowall)
Why are Common Myna birds a problem?
The Common Myna (also known as Indian Myna) poses threats to our birds and arboreal mammals by aggressively taking or despoiling precious nest hollows where our native birds need to nest, take refuge and breed. Its threats to our wildlife can be seen in many cities and they are dominating species in Melbourne, Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.
Mynas were listed among 100 of the world’s worst invasive species by the World Conservation Union (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 2000. In Australia, Common Mynas are considered to threaten native biodiversity due to their territorial behaviours and nest cavity competition. The Common Myna is not listed as a ‘key threatening process’ under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.
Can we find Common Myna birds in Brisbane?
Myna Scan‘s January 2015 consultation records shows that they are all around Brisbane City and surrounding cities (Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba).
Our vision is to achieve a healthy and biodiverse Brisbane by reducing the impact of feral animals. B4C believes it is necessary to control populations of pest animals and take measures to reduce or eradicate the population of Common Myna, including to:
- have the Common Myna declared as a pest species under local government laws.
- sustain a community cage-capture program for the Common Myna in partnership with Brisbane City Council (BCC), including private, Council and State owned lands.
- increase community awareness of the impacts of feral animals on our wildlife and ecosystems by communicating pertinent research and facts to the general public.
- work collaboratively with the local council to manage feral animal issues.
- promote the creation of research and trainee initiatives that could improve understanding and eradication tools in relation to feral animals.
- promote planting of protective and resilient habitats through native revegetation initiatives on public and private lands.
- minimise breeding, feeding and roosting opportunities for feral animals.
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- Banyule Council declares war on ‘plagues’ of Indian myna birds (3AW, June 2016)
- Queenslanders urged to help eradicate ‘rats of the sky’ (ABC, November 2015)