One person's pest is another person's "natural" species, a this story from the Central Western Daily shows.
A PROPOSAL to cull local myna bird populations goes against the natural pecking order for one Orange resident. After working with wildlife in Africa and Canada for several years, Terese Kerr says she’s learned human intervention is not the answer even if a species is considered a predator.
“I just believe it’s wrong to kill off any bird, even if you believe it’s a pest,” she said.“I’m anti-hunting and I’ve seen the impact those sorts of things can have.”
The Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society hopes to begin culling common myna birds which are nesting in the areas around Mackies Cafe, Waratah Hills Estate and Lone Pine Avenue. Known for their aggression, the introduced species is already out of control in parts of eastern NSW, threatening native birds and wildlife. But Mrs Kerr said it was wrong to refer to certain species as “bullies” when they were simply trying to survive. She said she welcomed all birdlife into her own garden and wouldn’t consider feeding certain species and not others.
“There’s a pecking order, human beings can’t come in and say I don’t want this bird bullying another bird,” she said. “As long as they’ve got a [natural predator] above them I don’t think any species is going to get out of hand.”
The Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society is acquiring traps and wants to eradicate common myna birds within six months. Orange City Council has asked residents who spot the birds, which are chocolate brown with yellow beaks and eye patches, to avoid feeding them and to contact council.
Posted by Tony Peacock, founder of 'Feral Thoughts'