Utonai-ko Sanctuary

Region

Asia

Country

Japan

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway


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About

Name of organisation

Wild Bird Society of Japan, Utonai-ko Sanctuary, Nature Center

Funding support

Wild Bird Society of Japan, Utonai-ko Fan Club

Number of staff

4

Number of visitors per year

18,871

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

Featured programs:

Field Tour, Birdwatching, Removal of introduced plants,

Education programs for children and citizens

Work Areas

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.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

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

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Name: NAKAMURA Satoshi

E-mail: nakamura@wbsj.org

Skype:

Phone: +81-144582505

Website

www.wbsj.org/en/utonai/

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