Remembering Merril and Chris

All of us at BirdLife were deeply saddened to hear of the recent deaths of two much-loved members of the Carnaby’s Cockatoo Action Group, WA. Below is an excerpt from the recent edition of CockyNotes. Sincere condolences to the Action Group, and to Merril and Chris’ friends and family.

Remembering Merril and Chris

Merril Halley and Chris Greenwood were founder members of our group known as the Carnaby’s Cockatoo Action Group. We formed the group in 2016 following a BirdLife community meeting that highlighted the serious plight of the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. Right from the start both Chris and Merril’s knowledge and passion for Carnaby’s was very obvious. They were always in the forefront of any of our activities and our successful involvement in Sculpture by the Sea in 2018 was originally Chris’ idea.

Through Merril’s work on the conservation of the Black-Flanked Rock Wallaby at WWF and Chris’ work as a Communications Consultant in the private, public and NGO sectors worldwide, they both had a great love for nature. This love took them to some amazing places in WA and around the world. They often shared stories of their adventures with us at our meetings. The deaths of our two friends in so short a time has really shaken our close-knit little group. We had spent a lovely afternoon with Chris and Merril just before Easter, flying our Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo themed kites. We all feel that it was a real privilege to know and work with Chris and Merril and these two talented and likeable people will be sorely missed by everyone.

Linda Borrison, Christine Groom, Lynne Miles, Aidon and Laura Thomas

The Carnaby’s Cockatoo Action Group. From left: Christine Groom, Merril Halley, Aidon and Laura Thomas and Chris Underwood. Photo by Linda Borrison.

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