Wildlife Service Officer Don Merton entices a Chatham Island black robin into a mist net, in September 1976. Merton's team were transferring the last two pairs of black robins from Little Māngere Island to the more promising habitat of Māngere Island. Merton went on to work for the Department of Conservation, developing programmes for the recovery of the endangered black robin and kākāpō. New Zealand scientists have had to be creative and innovative to pioneer conservation schemes with low budgets.
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