Locals across Roma are being called to arms to help eradicate the Indian myna species and give our town’s native birds a fighting chance.
Volunteers are asked to report sightings and trap the pests as part of a new Landcare project.
The campaign was inspired by results in Inglewood and Yelarbon where more than 2200 Indian mynas were trapped over two years.
Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) Project Officer Sandy Robertson is working on the fight against the mynas and says the species is increasing in numbers and moving west along the Warrego Highway.
“We’re undertaking official counts in Roma over the next few months with mynas already being reported around the saleyards and the grain storage to the west of Roma,” Ms Robertson says.
“They block down pipes and gutters which can lead to flooding in buildings, and can spread avian diseases and bird mites to humans and pets. They also scavenge around outdoor eating areas and damage fruit crops, they’re a real pest.”
While the Indian myna is known to be noisy and aggressive to humans, the biggest impact they are having is to our native birds and their nesting hollows.
“Mynas kill chicks of other species and evict adult native birds from nesting hollows, as well as displacing other native animals,” Ms Robertson explains.
“They basically move in and take over.”
A free public meeting to enlist volunteers will be held on March 25 during Roma Easter in the Country’s “Walk on the Wild side”.
Training will be provided on how to trap and dispose of the birds and all data collected will help to build a better picture of their distribution across the region.
“We provide training and explain protocols surrounding the trapping and disposal of birds, and we’ll be sharing ideas on how to make the town less attractive to these pests,” Ms Robertson explains.
“There is very little data present on these birds so anyone who is willing to survey and trap the species will help to stop the pests once and for all.”
For more information on the species and what to look out for, visit www.QMDC.org.au and help stop the Indian mynas from living in our region.