So long and thanks for all the birds

Hoki, a female kākāpō on Whenua Hou.Photo by Laura Molles One of the giants of New Zealand conservation, Don Merton, passed away this week. Don was instrumental in saving from extinction the South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus carunculatus), the black robin (Petroica traversi), and the kākāpō (Strigops habroptilus), surmounting often…