This type of headline brings back memories of dramatic and heroic events in places such as Beaconsfield, Tasmania and Copiapo, Chile. In many communities around the world these two words strike fear and dread into the hearts of local inhabitants.
In Strath Creek however Trapped Mynas was precisely the focus of a workshop last Saturday sponsored by the Strath Creek Landcare Group (what a difference changing a few letters makes). Seventeen people gathered in the Strath Creek Hall to construct devices to trap the feral Indian Myna.
The Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis), pictured above, was introduced to Victoria in 1862 to control, amongst other things, the native Grapevine Moth (Phalaenoides glycinae) which was declared a pest when it took a liking to the introduced grapevine…it’s a strange old world. The bird was subsequently introduced to other states to similarly control their agricultural insect pests. The myna did little to control these insects.
Unfortunately this aggressive, highly territorial bird out-competes our native birds and arboreal mammals for nesting hollows and preys on eggs, chicks and mammal young. It is one of the world’s most invasive species and has been voted Australia’s most important pest.
Mynas are being found in increasing numbers in the Flowerdale/Strath Creek area. In an effort to control them, individuals from Strath Creek as well as the neighbouring Flowerdale and Dabyminga Landcare Groups gathered to construct Indian Myna traps which will be loaned out to the community. The trap design was taken from the website of the Canberra-based Indian Myna Action Group (click HERE).
So when you read the dramatic headlines Mynas Trapped in Strath Creek, fear not. The events will still be dramatic and heroic but no humans will be hurt.