This is one of opportunities for the RCC to realize our vision of creating
a future for both people and cranes. In this ambitious project, we are
planning to restore a large wetland that has been drained for crop production
in the 1980s. We plan to develop the site for education for sustainable
Tawarabashi is located in eastern Hokkaido. It is situated just to the
southwest of Shiretoko Peninsula (one of UNESCO`s World Heritage natural
Also, there is an active nest of endangered white-tailed sea-eagles.
The project team consists of representatives of local farmers, residents
and officials of Nakashibetsu, and the RCC.
To restore parts of the Tawarabashi area into a functioning wetland. Visitors
will be able to enjoy sweeping views of mountains, woodlands with large
trees, and the wetland with wildflowers as well as observe large wildlife
such as brown bears, sika deer, white-tailed sea-eagles, and red-crowned
cranes in their natural habitats. Tawarabashi wetland and the visitor center
will become a focal point for education for sustainable development in
To encourage red-crowned cranes to stay in the vicinity of Tawarabashi
over winter, small amounts of corn are provided.
Some of the corn for the cranes is grown experimentally within the project
area by project members. The cultivated area is protected from sika deer
by electric wires.
The field is maintained by volunteers. The crop is left standing for the cranes.
a boneset species (white flowers) and a loberia species (blue flowers)