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New Council member (co-opted) – Martine Darrou

June 9th, 2024

My name is Martine M-L Darrou, and I am French by birth, and a New Zealander by choice, I live in the beautiful seaside community of Waikouaiti in the South Island of New Zealand Aotearoa.

Birding has been my passion for most of my life, from a young age while doing mountaineering in the Pyrenees, Alpes, taking photographs, and in feeding the birds in the rigorous winter of the Pyrenees where I was born,  and then later, as an adult, I joined the Société Ornithologique de France, participating in research and conservation during organised outings. While completing my professional studies in France I also worked part time as a nature guide on the topic of alpine flora and fauna in the Pyrenees, Alpes. My experience in research and conservation stems from my professional work with the CNRS in France (National Centre for Scientific Research).

As council member and due to my passion for birds! I would like to use my social, intellectual and organisational skills to assist the council in any manner that will help devise and implement strategies to protect and restore habitat for birds. I have a wish to work with any general programmes of conservation,  to assist in efforts to educating the public about birds and to give others a chance to experience the healing and restorative powers of birding.