Common Mynah in western Victoria

Subject: Common Mynah in western Victoria
From: Steve <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:56:04 +1100
G'day all

* The South Australian Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation 
have just contacted me regarding Common Mynahs
* The South Australian government is keen to keep Mynahs out of their state.
* They are being told by Victorian authorities that the birds are spreading 
steadily through western Victoria.
* DPI VIctoria regard the species as widespread and well established in 
Victoria therefore no action is being taken to control them - even an 
individual bird way out from the existing range.

I would like to get the opinions of birders familiar with western Victoria 
(south of the Western Highway) regarding the status of Mynahs in that region.  
I've studied the BA atlas website and there are a few scattered records over 
quite a lengthy time west of the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh border of the main 
population.  I reckon the authorities can knock off birds west of this region 
and keep mynahs out of western Victoria and South Australia - if they wanted to.

So, please let me know of any records you have that aren't in the Atlas, going 
back say 20 years max.  I'll put them together and provide them to the South 
Australians at a public meeting they are running in late April in Mt. Gambier.

Many thanks
Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic

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