CIA agents needed in war on mynas
THE Clarence Valley Conservation in Action Landcare group (fondly known as the CIA) has agreed to step in and help out in the Clarence Valley war on the feral Indian myna.
Clarence Valley Council environmental officer Martyn Swain is ecstatic the CIA is going to lend their expertise in rallying the community on invasive animal control and welcomes the backup.
“Community awareness and participation are essential if we are going to successfully reduce the population of Indian mynas in the Clarence Valley”, he said.
Mr Swain said he was delighted the CIA was now going to help out with the distribution and co-ordination of the traps and data.
“I’m only one person with a large number of projects on my plate”, he said.
“The CIA has proven they can tackle a broad, co-ordinated Clarence Valley-wide invasive animal program with their very successful cane toad project winding down for the season.”
CIA myna co-ordinator, Bevan Pugh, has already trapped more than 400 Indian mynas in his backyard at South Grafton since he became interested in this clever but aggressive bird.
“These animals are very smart and it is essential that trappers network and share ideas”, said Mr Pugh. “A few CIA volunteers are making a road trip down to Coffs Harbour this weekend to see how their very successful program is set up.
“We hope to bring that knowledge back, integrate it with what we know here and come up with a co-ordinated plan of attack.”
And with even better news, Mr Swain announced that the Coffs Harbour Indian myna project officer was coming up to Grafton to hold a myna control workshop on Friday, June 4 from noon to 4pm at the Council Chambers in Grafton. Attendance is free, but places are limited and filling up fast. Please RSVP directly to Martyn Swain at CVC on 6643 0200.
If you are unable to make the workshop, but are still interested in getting involved in the Clarence Valley Indian myna control program, please contact Sharon Lehman of the CVCIA on 0411 020 394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .