2. “On the Extinction of the Native Birds on the West Coast,” by James Richardson.
A long and interesting discussion followed the reading of this paper, which attributed the disappearance of the kiwi and kakapo to the ravages of ferrets.
Sir Walter Buller pointed out that the decrease had been apparent before the introduction of ferrets, and was inclined to think that the Nor-way rat was responsible for much of the mischief. It was suggested that steps should be taken by the Society to represent to the Government the desirability of proclaiming some suitable islands as reserves, on which the rarer species of New Zealand birds might be placed in safety.