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