RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra

To: Philip Veerman <>, 'Frank Antram' <>, "" <>, "" <>
Subject: RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:15:34 +1100
Are you able to quote some numbers please, Philip?  How fast were they 
increasing before, and how fast are they decreasing now?

Regarding the lady in the article, it's one thing being against culling, but it 
makes me angry that people refuse to stop feeding them.

Peter Shute

Philip Veerman wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 12:05 PM:

> Thanks Frank,
> The program in Canberra has been a great success in only a few years,
> at totally reversing the prior trend of the increase in abundance of
> this species that has happened over many years. And through our long
> running Garden Bird Survey (since 1981) we have the data to track the
> trends.
> People are trapping large numbers of Common Mynas and it is making a
> big difference. As we have all these GBS data (as described in my
> book) we also have the capacity for tracking changes in abundance of
> all species, to try to look for connections. Although showing likely
> connections will take a few years as there are so many factors
> involved. My book describes some of those issues. And as Frank
> mentions, there is no need for a major cost in buying these traps.
> Philip Veerman
> 24 Castley Circuit
> Kambah  ACT  2902
> 02 - 62314041
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> Sent: Tuesday, 2 February 2010 11:19 PM
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> Here's what happens in Canberra
> and you can build your own trap - no need for $330!
> Regards
> Frank Antram
> ----Original message-----
> From: Peter Shute 
> Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 22:10:29 +1100
> To: ""
>  ""
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Indian Mynay
>> I don't know if it makes much difference or not, but surely locally
>> it
>> does.  It's interesting that he's so committed, but appears to
>> discourage competitors.
>> Peter Shute
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