Aim of the Japan Bird Research Association
Recent changes of environment have accelerated the rate
of species extinction and increased the number of rapidly declining species in
the wild. On the other hand, some species have recovered or increased their
populations, which has brought them into conflict with humans. In order to
resolve the conflict and coexist in harmony with wildlife, it is essential to
collect basic data, such as distribution and ecology of each wildlife species
and assess the situation to prepare for effective management programs. It is of
vital importance to establish a database system where amateur workers as well
as professional research scientists collect and share those data to attain the
above goal. We intend to engage in the
following activities with the cooperation of our members and other
organizations, such as academic research institutes and the Wild Bird Society
Activities of the Japan Bird Research Association
A database of wildlife species is essential for efficient conservation activities. We collect and analyze data on the distribution and ecology of birds to construct database intended for their conservation.
We propose action plans for rare species conservation, pest species management and habitat amelioration based on the essential data thus collected.
Recent advances in technology allow for the application of new approaches and methodologies. We propose effective methods for applying state-of-the-art technology to wildlife conservation.
Bird conservation efforts in Western societies owe much to the activities of amateur workers as well as professional research scientists. In Japan, however, both professional and trained amateur research workers are still in short supply. We aspire to increase the number of trained amateur workers by popularizing the enjoyment and importance of research works. Also aimed is to enhance the quality of research workers through the publication of a scientific journal and newsletters as well as training sessions.