A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Save the Birds

In May 2007, Avi Landau wrote an article for Alien Times about how birds are being trapped in nets at Lake Kasumigaura and left to die. After he wrote that article, he discussed the problem with the city and received some assurances that something would be done about the situation. It is now more than half a year later and when Avi visited the lake yesterday, he found that nothing has been done. Beautiful owls, hawks, egrets, and herons are stuck in the nets and have been left to die there.

Avi needs the Tsukuba community to help him bring this issue to the attention of people who can do something about it. Here are some ideas of what you might be able to do to help.

  • Go with Avi to take pictures of the birds stuck in the nets so that they can be used to demonstrate the problem to city officials.
  • Translate documents into Japanese so that they can be distributed to the public.
  • Contact people who work for the media (newspapers, television, etc.) and ask them to feature the story so more attention can be brought to this issue.
  • Anything else you can think of!

If you are able to help, please contact Avi Landau at avi[AT]tora.email.ne.jp. This is an urgent problem as a huge number of birds are trapped and dying as you read this message.