11 Apr '11, 9am

Tribute to NZ conservationist Don Merton

Tribute to NZ conservationist Don Merton

In the 1970s, Don began his groundbreaking work rescuing the Chatham Island Black Robin and Kakapo from extinction. At one stage, just five robins, including a single successful breeding pair, remained. Forest & Bird’s highest honour, the Old Blue award, is named after Old Blue, the female robin that – with Don’s help – saved her species from extinction. Where others would have given up, Don tried innovative ideas, such as cross-fostering with other bird species, to save the black robin.

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2011/04/tribute-to-cons...

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