Member Meeting and 'A Bilingual Education Program Conserves Little Terns (Sternula albifrons) in Okinawa, Japan' Speaker Series June 1, 2021
Japan lists the Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) as endangered due to population declines and habitat loss. Their colony in the Awase Tidal Flat is the biggest in Okinawa, but due to dredging and a reclamation project, the main sandbar on which they nest has eroded and fewer birds are using it. New approaches to conservation education can help.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Member Meeting and Speaker Series 2021
Program: “Conservation Through Education: Developing a Bilingual Education Program to Conserve Little Terns (Sternula albifrons) in Okinawa, Japan"
Presenter: Kaori Sunagawa, Assistant Professor, Okinawa International University
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Description: Japan lists the Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) as endangered due to population declines and habitat loss. Their colony in the Awase Tidal Flat is the biggest in Okinawa, but due to dredging and a reclamation project, the main sandbar on which they nest has eroded and fewer birds are using it. Ms. Sunagawa believes bird habitat conservation depends on the larger community appreciating these birds. Since 2019, she and the students in her environmental education class at Okinawa International University, have given presentations to local elementary school students, created birdwatching lessons and tours, and helped elementary students paint little tern decoys. Ms. Sunagawa’s experience conserving the California Least Tern has helped prepare the activities she and her students have done in Japan.
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