Friday 15 January 2016

HELP!!! Gyotoku Bird Observatory in Crisis!

One of the few nature reserves in Tokyo Bay is about to be shut down by the Chiba local government. The Observatory, which once was wildlife-rich wetlands, is located less than 10 miles from the Tokyo city centre. The locals and the staff have been working very, very hard to keep this place as wildlife friendly as possible, although its surroundings have been deteriorating for the last few decades. It includes a 140-acre wildlife protection area with a record of more than 280 bird species, a visitor centre (+educational facilities) and a wildbird hospital.

The government claims that the visitor centre, which is a three-storied, glass-fronted building with about 50 embedded telescopes, which was built in the 70s, is now below the earthquake resistance standards and no longer safe for users. Instead of presenting any options, such as rebuilding or reinforcing it, the government seem to have made up their minds to close it down. If we do not do anything now, it is almost certain that the observatory will be a thing of the past.

Please, please take part in the petition.
Thank you very much for your support! 

Link to the petition site: 
Stop Shutting Down Gyotoku Bird Observatory

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