Sadly Peggy Mitchell passed away on 3 October 2016 at age 94 years.
Peggy and her husband Hartley came to live in Mount Eliza in 1968 and immediately became involved with conservation of plants and wildlife on the Mornington Peninsula. She was a committed bird watcher, travelling the length and breadth of Australia in search of new birds for her list and her 600th tick was a Red-tailed Tropicbird at Esperance in Western Australia. This made her a member of ‘The 600 Club’, an exclusive club. She was a Life Member of BirdLife Australia/BOCA and was collater of the Unusual Sighting Reports, published in The Bird Observer, from 1984 until 2002, a mighty job.
She was a member of the Peninsula Field Naturalists Club and coordinated their birding outings for many years. She and husband Hartley hosted the Field Naturalist committee meetings at their house and she was eventually made a Life Member of the Peninsula Field Naturalists Club.
Peggy and Hartley were instrumental (with others) in saving the Langwarren Military Reserve from development in the 1980’s so it is now a great nature reserve full of wildflowers and birds.
A wonderful character and we will miss her. We send our condolences to the family.
per BirdLife Mornington Peninsula December 2016 Newsletter