Yatsuhigata Nature Observation Center

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Yatsu Higata(Yatsuhigata tidalflat)

The view of Yatsu Higata. (Photo taken in July 1995, presented by Keiyo Sokuryo Co. LTD)
The view of Yatsu Higata.
(Photo taken in July 1995, presented by Keiyo Sokuryo Co. LTD)

The Yatsu Higata is a tidel flat in the Tokyo Bay with a dimension 40 hectare (100 acres). A great number of creatures are inhabiting here. They are Lugworms, Shells, Crabs, Fish and water-birds including Shorebirds. Yatsu Higata is so much known of the migrating shorebirds.

Yatsu Higata is an important stopover point for the migrating birds flying from the North (Siberia) to the South (Australia and Southeast Asia). You can see the summer-birds who come to nurse their babies, the winter-birds who come to winter and the traveler birds perching in spring and fall.

In 1994, one hundred kinds of wild bird were verified at the Yatsu Higata, of which 60 kinds were water birds. The periphery of Yatsu Higata is a park for wild life observation which extends 3.5 kilometers surrounded by a promenade. You can enjoy bird-watching throughout the year.

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Yatsuhigata Nature Observation Center

Yatsuhigata Nature Observation Center

The Yatsu Higata Nature Observation Center is located at the south of the tidal flat and serves visitors with interpreter guides . Facility, there are two floors for observation with charger telescopes and field guides. You can view the entire tidal flat. The Lecture Hall is equipped with a giant video screen. The exhibition floor has audio visual aids for study and entertainment. The Coffee Lounge relieves you from all the annoyance of the world with the paddling ducks and wading Egrets.

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Shorebird Preservation and Wetland Conservation

Ramsar mark

So many migratory birds fly in the Yatsu Higata every year. These birds are traveling across the border in summer and in winter. The Yatsu Higata is very important place for the birds to rest and to winter. We vitally need the cooperation of people for preservation of the birds and conservation of the Yatsu Higata (tidal flat). The Yatsu Higata has been the "Rams Convention Site" and a member of the "East Asian and Australian Shorebird Reserve Network".

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Yatsu Higata conservation

The role of the YNOC is to tell importance of this wetland to the public. Another role of the YNOC is to be a base to act together with the local community people and NGOs. in order to conserve the Yatsu Higata. There are 120 volunteers in YNOC. Regular meeting is held by NGOs and goverments.

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