Myna traps and numbers

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Subject: Myna traps and numbers
From: Julian Robinson <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 11:42:18 +1000

For info...  Minister Hargreaves has learned from CIMAG that "Indian Myna numbers have been plummeting".   I'd have thought from the graph presented by Martin the other night that plummeting might be too strong a word.


Published: June 16, 2009, 8:47 am
Section: John Hargreaves, MLA | Media Releases

Minister for Corrections, Mr John Hargreaves MLA, today announced that prisoners from the Alexander Maconochie Centre will provide much needed assistance to the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG) by constructing their specialised Indian Myna bird traps.

"I am very pleased to announce that ACT Corrections is incorporating positive environmental projects within the prisoners' daily schedules," said the Minister.

"Discussions have been taking place for a while between officers from ACT Corrections and CIMAG regarding the scoping and requirements for this trap construction project and I expect this endeavour to commence before the end of the financial year."

The Indian Myna bird is an invasive exotic bird species that takes over nesting hollows from native birds and small mammals. CIMAG formed as a community action group to reduce the impact of the Indian Myna on Canberra's native birds and animals. CIMAG will provide the discrete training necessary for prisoners to construct these traps. The skills gained through this trap construction program can be incorporated within the prisoners' Vocational Education Training programs.

"I am very supportive of the work that CIMAG has achieved to date through their Indian Myna trapping program," said Mr Hargreaves.

"When CIMAG originally formed in 2006, the Indian Myna was the third most abundant bird species in Canberra. Since that time, I have been pleased to learn that their numbers have been plummeting,' he said.

"The recent Garden Bird Survey conducted by the Canberra Ornithologists Group has seen this invasive exotic species drop to the twelfth most abundant bird species in our gardens," stated the Minister. "This is no small achievement by CIMAG and they are to be applauded for their efforts. However I am pleased to be able to support this ongoing project of CIMAG by having the prisoners construct these specialised traps."

"The work of the prisoners will help reduce the significant backlog in orders from the community for the traps.' said Minster Hargreaves.
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