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Established in 1934, Wild Bird Society of Japan is a public interest incorporated foundation that now has over 50,000 members, including financial supporters, and 86 chapters throughout Japan. Its purpose is to protect wild birds and their habitat, to encourage more people to enjoy bird watching, and to carry on research concerning the status and habitat of wild birds.
WBSJ is the Japan Partner of BirdLife International, who is the leading authority on the status of the World's birds and issues and problems affecting them.
About This Cause
[ Key Activities ]
- Protection of threatened species and their habitat: Managing about 3600ha (8900acres) of our own Wild Bird Protection Area mainly for Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) and Blakiston’s Fish-owl (Ketupa blakistoni)
- Other threatened species protection activities: Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume), Izu Islands Thrush (Turdus celaenops) Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus) etc.
- Running 2 own Bird Sanctuaries; Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary (Red-crowned Crane wintering spot) and Utonai-ko Sanctuary (large-sized waterfowl migrating station site)
- Other conservation activities: IBA sites, natural energy (wind farm, solar farm) problems that impact rare species, threat of plastic pollution to seabirds, illegal poaching, legal proposals and lobbying etc.
- Education: Spreading the importance of ecosystem and biodiversity through weekly basis birdwatching events held by 86 chapters (regional groups of members) throughout the country
- Cooperating to manage 6 local government’s nature reserves by sending staff as wardens/nature interpreters
- Publications (field guide books, pamphlets, brochures and posters)