Wollongong City Council’s Indian Myna Bird Action Program is the focus of a study by researchers at the University of Western Sydney.
The two-year research project, sponsored by Wollongong City Council, will look at the distribution and abundance of the Indian Myna across the city, as well as effectiveness of the community trapping program to reduce their numbers.
The Indian Myna Bird is listed as a pest in Council’s Vertebrate Pest Policy. Council launched the trapping program in March 2011 with the aim of assisting residents to reduce the birds’ breeding, feeding and roosting opportunities.
As part of the program, sighting and trapping data is recorded for use by the researchers from the University of Western Sydney. A national community database (MynaScans) has been developed by the Invasive Animals CRC to record details and act as country-wide information hub.
Regular workshops are held for volunteers wishing to participate in the program to learn about the trapping processes. Members of Corrimal Men’s Shed build the traps for the program, as well as nesting boxes for native birds.
“We have had a great response from the community since introducing the program and we continue to have people contact us asking how to get involved,’’ Council’s Natural Areas coordinator Paul Formosa said.
“We welcome this research by the University. It will help us evaluate the program’s impact, and guide us with the future of the program.’’If people would like to participate in the Myna Birds Action Program they’re encouraged to register their interest with our Customer Service team on (02) 4227 7111.
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