Re: [SPAM] RE: [Birding-Aus] Indian Myna

To: Gary Wright <>
Subject: Re: [SPAM] RE: [Birding-Aus] Indian Myna
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:52:48 +1100
Hi Gary,
I'm a bit confused by your email. You say that habitat destruction is the biggest problem but also that we should cry equally for an invasive species that lost a partner? I did indeed cry for the tree and the habitat destruction and agree that it is the biggest problem, but i don't agree that we should therefore let feral species run unchecked. Whether it is the bigger problem or not shouldn't mean it is ignored. Do you think we should let the Barbary Doves multiply until they get to the population of Spotted Doves in Sydney etc? Should we let feral cats and pigs run free because it would be sad to kill them and it's not as big a problem as habitat destruction? Sorry Gary but i won't be crying for the feral who has lost a partner. I'm too busy crying for our native species that have lost their potential to have families.


On 03/02/2010, at 10:48 PM, Gary Wright wrote:

Hi David

I agree it would make you want to cry in cutting down a tree unnecessarily, but imagine if you were the mate of an Indian Myna, that was killed that would make you want to cry as well. Our biggest problem for the future of birds is habitat destruction, not birds invading habitats we have altered.


On 3 February 2010 16:02, David Stowe <> wrote: I was talking to a mate just last week about this. He is in Berowra (far north Sydney) and whilst not a really an active birdwatcher he is certainly a lover of birds. He has a Myna Trap from the council (nothing like $300!!) and gets at least a few a day!
Good on him I reckon.
He also strongly lamented his neighbours cutting down of a beautiful casuarina tree because "it might fall over". The week before he had Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in it. Makes you want to cry.


On 03/02/2010, at 3:20 PM, Keith Brandwood wrote:

Here in the Hawkesbury the council is pushing the Common Myna capture and kill program but the traps only cost $55 and you get them put to sleep for free. Apparently its gone gangbuster in the ACT.
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