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2008-10-04 15:00:10

By SKINNER, Marina Bill Milne, community conservationist: B March 3, 1926; d May 14, 2008, aged 82. -------------------- BILL MILNE never had much time for possums.


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2009-04-07 18:22:50

The Red-crowned Parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) is a species of bird native to New Zealand. It was once widespread across the islands and mainland of New Zealand. During the latter half of the 1800s it was extremely abundant. It is now extinct on the mainland of New Zealand and is confined to Stewart Island, Kapiti and Matiu/Somes Island, the Auckland Islands, Chatham Islands, and a few other offshore islands. The mainland extinction was due to introduction of other species, mostly...

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Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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