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Dr David Butler QSM was a tireless supporter of the Brook Sanctuary, sadly he passed away in December 2020. We are sincerely grateful to his wife Donna for her gift of these books for us to sell to raise money for the Sanctuary. You can learn more about Dave Butler here.

Discover other ways that you can help support the Sanctuary, or perhaps get involved here.

Books for sale; Black Robin; birds; Brook Sanctuary
Books for sale; Kakapo; birds; Brook Sanctuary
Books for sale; Birds of Nelson; birds; Brook Sanctuary

The Black Robin: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Bird

This book tells the story of the rare Chatham Island black robin. It will inspire all those concerned with the conservation of endangered species and demonstrates that recovery is possible even in the most extreme cases. In fact, the black robin was nearly extinct–reduced to one surviving breeding pair–when the program described here was put into effect. The innovative techniques used by the team responsible for this effort are described in detail and will allow wildlife biologists around the world to adopt similar strategies suited to their own needs. One of the book’s co-authors led the black robin program, and the other was one of the scientists on the team. Written in a lively, nontechnical manner, this book will be of interest to a wide range of conservationists, wildlife biologists, and general readers.

Quest for the kakapo: the full story of New Zealand’s most remarkable bird

A timely insight into one of the most extraordinary birds which have ever lived. Once thought to be an evolutionary ‘missing link’ between owls and parrots, the kakapo is fighting a losing battle against the forces of habitat change and predation. Dave’s book links historical knowledge of the kakapo and its ways with more recent studies of the bird’s behaviour and the attempts being made right now to save the species. Many New Zealanders will have heard (courtesy of the National Programme’s morning bird calls) the booming of the male kakapo as he attempts to attract a mate. Few will know that the bird is able to keep up this remarkable serenade for 17 hours, at 1000 booms per hour!

Birds of the Nelson Region – and where to find them

A guide book co-written by Dave Butler, Peter Gaze and Jenny Hawkins first published in 1990. (Black and white photos only, 55 pages)

Waimarama Sanctuary Mosses by Bill and Nancy Malcolm and Jim Shevock

First published in 2015. Full colour, 102 pages, featuring beautiful photography of the many varied mosses found within the sanctuary.


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