Japan - Wild Bird Society of Japan (WBSJ)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1934
47000 members
Staff: 120
Maruwa Bldg, 3-9-23, Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, JP, 141-0031


Mission of the organisation

  • Conservation of birds
  • Education about protection of birds
  • Promotion of research and surveys on birds

Key Activities

Head Office

  • Membership recruitment support
  • Running 11 Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Promoting birdwatching and nature education
  • National conservation activities (related to the governmental issues)
  • Publications (membership newsletter, field guides)
  • Fundraising and general administration
  • WING (The WBSJ International Center for Wild Birds and Nature of the Globe)
  • National and international research
  • International conservation

Recent Achievements

  • The WBSJ Conservation and Monitoring Centre completed a campaign to conserve suburban forests as many areas need protection from unsustainable development.
  • The first nationwide survey for 20 years of breeding birds in Japan was completed by the WBSJ Research Centre. These will be important for assessing population trends.
  • Satellite tracking of threatened Steller's and White-tailed Sea-eagles by the Research Centre, in collaboration with researchers in Russia and the USA and funded by NEC Corp, has revealed important information about their migration routes, breeding and wintering areas. Members of WBSJ made the first visit to the Kuril Islands for over 40 years as part of a project supported by the International Crane Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Gathered data for the IBA and Asian Red Data Book programmes, and helped fund-raise for these projects.
  • Organised a workshop and two symposia on conservation of the globally threatened Steller's Sea-eagle.
  • Held a workshop, sponsored by the Japan Fund for the Global Environment (JFGE), in Inner Mongolia on conservation of the eastern population of Great Bustard.
  • Completed a five-year wetland conservation programme. Under this programme training courses and wetland monitoring have been conducted in the Philippines, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. A new programme, also run on behalf of the Environment Agency of Japan, has begun with a particular focus on Myanmar.
  • Following 15 years of lobbying by WBSJ and many other conservation organisations, the Hokkaido Government decided not to build drainage channels along the Chitose River. This scheme threatened wetlands in southern Hokkaido. Lobbying by WBSJ and others was also successful in getting the plan to reclaim Fujimae Tidal Flat, an important migration stop-over site for shorebirds to be dropped.
  • In conjunction with WBFT (BirdLife in Taiwan), HKBWS (BirdLife in Hong Kong) and other organisations, in a joint-project sponsored by JFGE and the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan (COA), successfully tracked Black-faced Spoonbills to previously unknown nesting sites in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, and also identified several new important stopover sites in China.
  • Worked with the Heilongjiang Farm Bureau to design nature reserves at the Sanjiang Plain in mainland China, sponsored by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
  • In conjunction with Wetlands International, worked to promote the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy.
  • Funded and supported the opening of an education centre at Muraviovka Nature Park, Russia.

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