Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare is on the hunt for a very aggressive invader who is having a detrimental impact on some of our treasured locals. The Indian myna is a pest bird that was originally introduced to Australia from – you guessed it – India to control insects in crops. However Indian myna’s are able to adapt to a range of conditions and food sources and have become a huge problem across much of Australia including here on the Mid North Coast. They are posing a threat to our native birds and animals through their competition for nesting hollows in trees and their aggressive territorial behaviour. They displace native animals from their nests in tree hollows and can kill the chicks and eggs of native birds such as our beautiful Rosellas. They also leave an unsightly mess in areas where they roost such as under trees and in stables.
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare’s Indian Myna trapping program is aimed at reducing the population of these pesky birds in Coffs Harbour and to prevent them from spreading into other areas. Funding for the program is supported by from North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Program and also from Coffs Harbour City Council.
Our Indian myna trapping program is supported by some very dedicated volunteer coordinators who take traps out to resident’s properties, show them how to set them up and provide tips on how to successfully capture mynas. They then return to pick up the traps and dispose of the birds humanely. In the last 6 months over 700 myna’s have been captured!
Coffs Harbour Landcare would like your help in stopping this invasion in your own backyard.
How you can help…….
- If you have mynas frequenting your yard please contact Coffs Regional Landcare on 66511308 to take part in our trapping program.
- Do not put out food for other birds if you see Mynas in your garden
- Put pet food inside during the day
- Block holes in roofs and eaves to prevent them nesting
- Keep palms well trimmed as they also nest in dead fronds still on the tree.
- Plant a wide range of local native plant species in your yard to attract a variety of birdlife without providing suitable habitat for Mynas
- Let us know if you already have a trap – a couple of hundred have been distributed around the Coffs area in the last few years but we only know the whereabouts of a handful.
This program is supported by:
This project is funded by the Coffs Harbour City Council Environmental Levy and has been renewed every year since 2000. In this time Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare has received a total of $990 000 from the levy for this project which has helped to support our 300+ volunteers undertake rehabilitation and revegetation works across 32 sites in the Coffs Harbour region.
- The day-to-day volunteer and administrative support by Landcare officers
- The training of volunteers including targeted on-site training as well as first aid, chemcert etc.
- Tools and materials such as hand tools, plants and herbicides for volunteers
- Personal protective equipment such as insect shield coveralls, hats, sunscreen and first aid kits
- Bush regenerator contractor support to perform initial weed control/chemical spraying on sites heavily affected with noxious and environmental weeds
- Materials and support of our community nursery that grows locally sourced plants for our work sites
The project has enabled our volunteers to
- maintain and enhance native vegetation condition
- control threatening processes (eg. vine weeds) to protect and rehabilitate endangered and threatened species and ecosystems
- increase habitat connectivity
- reduce the impacts of noxious and environmental weeds
- monitor and report new weed incursions
- improve water quality by minimising riparian erosion and reducing nutrient inputs
- raise awareness and educate the local community on their local environment
The Friends of Coffs Creek Landcare Group is a great example of what has been achieved under this project. This group works 3 days a week along 9 km of the Coffs Creek riparian zone. They carry out rehabilitation works on around 33ha of remnant bushland providing approximately 3000 volunteer hours per year. This area is a very important asset to the Coffs Harbour community as it contains two endangered ecological communities and many threatened species can be observed along Coffs Creek including a breeding pair of Powerful Owls and koalas. The Coffs Creek walk is a popular recreational facility for walkers and cyclists.
This project is funded by:
Please click on the link to view the power point presentation prepared by Landcare Officer Pia Dollmann to provide a snapshot of Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare’s activities, outcomes and achievements for the 2015/2016 financial year.