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Seizing The Day: Perrine Moncrieff and Nature Conservation in New Zealand

Robin Hodge

Environment and History 9(2003): 407-417

This study examines environmental work by the ornithologist and conservationist Perrine Moncrieff between 1920 and 1980. It discusses her Millais family background and vitalist beliefs as factors assisting the publication of her field guide, New Zealand Birds and How to Identify Them, her advocacy for Abel Tasman National Park, and her Presidency of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union. She and her work were marginalised in the mid-century development era but she became a mentor of conservationists in the 1970s.


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