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Tawarabashi project

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 development.

The place
Tawarabashi is located in eastern Hokkaido. It is situated just to the southwest of Shiretoko Peninsula (one of UNESCO`s World Heritage natural sites).

Also, there is an active nest of endangered white-tailed sea-eagles.

The people
The project team consists of representatives of local farmers, residents and officials of Nakashibetsu, and the RCC.


The vision
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 the region.

Progress report
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.

Wildflowers
bogbean

flatleaf bladderwort

a boneset species (white flowers) and a loberia species (blue flowers)

Labrador tea

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