Common Myna Control Project for the Strathbogie Ranges
In 2017, Bogies and Beyond was created by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority as a means of monitoring the effects of climate change within the Strathbogie Ranges. The Stop Mynas Strathbogie project was launched in 2019 as a part of the Bogies and Beyond Tree Storey project. These projects were funded by the Victoria State Government.
After witnessing a rapid increase in Common Myna spread and populations throughout the Strathbogie Shire, the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network decided to host a Myna information day in Euroa. This was to gauge local interest in reversing the spread of Mynas as well as learning about other successful control programs.
In late 2018, Peter Wiltshire, a senior ranger at the Darebin Parklands came and gave an inspirational workshop at the Euroa Arboretum to interested members of the public. He explained how Common Mynas had effectively been eradicated from the Darebin Park with a targeted, well planned and, most importantly, ongoing control effort. Also discussed were Common Myna behaviours, effects on natives, trapping methods and euthanasia methods.
It was this workshop that inspired the Stop Mynas Strathbogie project, aimed at providing information and resources to Myna control groups within the Strathbogie Ranges.