BIMAG operates as a non-profit association of like-minded individuals who are interested in working, individually or collectively, in implementing an agreed strategy to tackle the Indian Myna problem in Bayside and the surrounding region.
Similar programs in other regions have met with great success, notably the Canberra Indian Mynah Action Group.
Our first meeting took place in January, 2015. We now have over 450 members in the Bayside area.
All the traps we distribute come with a delivery kit showing how they work and best ways of trapping, and individual set-up assistance is provided by our core members. We have now had over 350 resident families participating in the trapping programme this year and currently have about 300 traps operating throughout the city. People reporting Indian Myna problems can access a trap within 24 hours.
Our new group is the youngest in a long line of concerned citizens around the country determined to bring back some equilibrium to our environment and save our native bird species.
With enough concerned people in the community trapping these invader pests we can make a real impact on their numbers, but it has to be from a determined persistence which will allow our native littlies to make a comeback. As Dr Chris Tiddeman of the Australian National University has said about myna-trapping culling efforts: It has to be "an on-going process – it's not sensible to think 'one whack and they're gone'. It's a bit like weeding! :)
To join the group please send us your contact information.