Black Robins - In 1980 there were only five of these birds left, with only one fertile female. That’s this little lady , Old Blue. Anyway, so this guy named Don Merton stepped in when everyone else threw in the towel, and he was like, “Well let’s try something.” And they tried something, and it worked. Now there’s a population of a couple of hundred of them, and since they live exclusively on these tiny islands off New Zealand, that’s a fairly decent population.
Comprehensive and compact, this Princeton Pocket Guide by longtime resident Julian Fitter and Don Merton at New Zealand's Department of Conservation features 600 color photographs. With range maps, descriptions and excellent introductory chapters on conservation efforts and key national parks for bird watching.
Don Merton, one of the scientists sent down with Brian Bell to help with the translocations, described the wok capturing the saddlebacks and moving them “a breeze”. 36 saddlebacks were moved to two rat-free islands, and survived. Today the species is present on a number of islands, and has even made it back to the mainland at the Orokonui Sanctuary near Dunedin