We made 14 masks, mainly inspired by migratory birds. We picked Black-faced Spoonbill and others nesting or wintering on Awase Tidal Flat in Okinawa.
Bird Masks and Halloween Fun
By Nanami Komesu, OKIU Class of 2022
“Warm Greetings from Okinawa, Japan. I am a university student studying local economics and the environment at Okinawa International University (OKIU).
As a class activity, our junior seminar participated in the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s mask contest last year. We made 14 masks, mainly inspired by migratory birds. We picked Black-faced Spoonbill and others nesting or wintering on Awase Tidal Flat in Okinawa. We wore our bird masks on Halloween, trick-or-treating with local elementary school students near Awase Tidal Flat and visited local businesses to promote migratory bird conservation and cheer up locals during the pandemic.
We also reminded them about fire safety as part of an Okinawan tradition. Thank you for sharing this opportunity to make the most of a difficult time. We had fun.”
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