Name of organisation
Wild Bird Society of Japan, Utonai-ko Sanctuary, Nature Center
Wild Bird Society of Japan, Utonai-ko Fan Club
Number of staff
Number of visitors per year
Overall aims of the centre
To protect birds and their habitats, to encourage more people to enjoy bird watching, and to carry on research concerning the status and habitats of birds.
Description of the centre
Location: Tomakomai city, Hokkaido, Japan
Size of site: 510 ha
including the lake and surrounding areas
Types of habitats and species supported:
Freshwater lake, low moor
Anatidae, Emberizia, Locustellidae
Field Tour, Birdwatching, Removal of introduced plants,
Education programs for children and citizens
Main CEPA work area
Education, participation, awareness-raising
Top three successes
Movement to establish Japan's first sanctuary, Protect wetlands against industrial development, Working with the local community, city government.
Top three challenges
Working with school teacher, Protect wetlands from development, Adding Yufutsu-genya plain to Ramsar Site.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Developing resources / materials
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.
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