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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. When he was recovering from tuberculosis in Wellington Hospital after World War II they would climb on to the veranda railing beside his bed to steal fruit brought by visitors. Being confined to bed didn't stop him taking to the pests with a piece of wood. Mr Milne appreciated that possums did even more harm to native...


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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
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'