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North Island saddleback bird remembers Donald fondly, Donald Vincent 1939 - 2011

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Chatham Islands Black Robin @NZ Birds Online

North Island saddleback bird remembers Donald fondly, Donald Vincent 1939 – 2011

Donald Vincent, Don Merton @Upper Hutt Recollect
Donald Vincent, Don Merton @Upper Hutt Recollect

A heartfelt thank you from the Black Robins. It’s really hard to get a date as the sole female is already attached. Life is hard scrabble and then Donald turns up and changes the landscape.

  • Fellow of the Ornithological Society of NZ
  • Giant, flightless, nocturnal kakapo parrot established a fan club with Donald as a foundation member
  • North Island saddleback bird remembers Donald fondly
  • 7 relatives, and one breeding pair, Chatham Islands Black Robin saved from the brink of extinction
  • Rescue and recovery techniques, scientific analysis tried, tested and validated

BirdLife International awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award for achievements during his 48-year career in the rescue and recovery of endangered birds within New Zealand. Until his retirement in April 2005, Merton was a senior member of the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s Threatened Species Section. Now here is a guy who thoroughly enjoyed his work, in the field, outdoors and working with his feathered friends.

The Ornithological Society of New Zealand (OSNZ), also known as Birds New Zealand, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the study of birds and their habitats in the New Zealand region. The Society supports dedicated ornthologists and the casual twitcher (bird watcher) alike.

Chatham Islands Black Robin @NZ Birds Online
Chatham Islands Black Robin @NZ Birds Online

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