Okhotsk Chapter
of the Wild Bird Society of Japan


Birding Events for FY2017-18

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The Okhotsk Chapter of the WBSJ holds numerous birding walks during the year, mostly in spring and autumn, and always at some location within the Abashiri Sub-prefecture of Hokkaido which extends along the Okhotsk coast from Mombetsu to Shiretoko where most of our membership lives.

The schedule this year contains 39 events. We typically walk for around 2 hours. In the early-morning schedule, from late April through June, there are 10 walks starting at 5:00 a.m. on Fridays at locations in the Kitami area, and 4 early-morning walks at 5:00 a.m. are planned in the Abashiri area on Mondays. One evening birdcall listening walk is planned for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday June 17 at rustic Chimikeppu Lake in Tsubetsu, in the mountains near Kitami.

Non-members are also welcome to join us and learn about the birds of the Okhotsk region. Many become members this way. Families are welcome, too. No special equipment is necessary, but having binoculars and/or a field guide would of course be useful if you can bring them. Some veteran members bring scopes and are happy to show you birds when possible.

If you would like to join us on a walk, please send an email via the Contact Us page and let us know when you wish to come. We will send you back the details you need to know about when and where to meet. (Our English skills are limited, and someone might even try to sell you a sharp-looking t-shirt or windbreaker with our emblem on it, but other than that you are likely to enjoy our walks!)

Our birding calendar begins in April and ends in March, the typical fiscal/academic year in Japan. The schedule for FY2017-18 is below. (Schedules are subject to change.)

Birding Schedule

Date Time Place Notes
4/21 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Notsukeushi Park (Kitami)  
4/23 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu)  
4/28 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Tokiwa Park (Kitami)  
4/30 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Notsukeushi Park (Kitami)  
5/5 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Midorigaoka Park (Kitami)  
5/7 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Abashiri Lake shore (Memanbetsu)  
5/8 (Mon) 5:00 a.m. Okhotsk Cycling Road (Abashiri)  
5/12 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Minamigaoka Park (Kitami)  
5/14 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Seseragi Park (Bihoro)  
5/15 (Mon) 5:00 a.m. Okhotsk Cycling Road (Abashiri)  
5/19 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Nakanoshima Park (Kitami)  
5/21 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Saroma Lake Trail (Saroma)  
5/22 (Mon) 5:00 a.m. Abashiri Lake shore (Memanbetsu)  
5/26 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Midorigaoka Park (Kitami)  
5/28 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Kinsen-kyo (Takinoue) Mountain gorge
5/29 (Mon) 5:00 a.m. Abashiri Lake shore (Memanbetsu)  
6/2 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Notsukeushi (Kitami)  
6/4 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Kanoko Dam (Oketo)  
6/9 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Minamigaoka Park (Kitami)  
6/11 (Sun) 3:00 - 15:00 Okhotsk Birdathon Various locations
6/16 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Kyoei Dam (Kitami)  
6/17 (Sat) 19:00 Chimikeppu Lake (Tsubetsu) Extensive forest
(19:00 Focus on listening)
6/18 (Sun) 5:00 a.m. Chimikeppu Lake (Tsubetsu)
6/18 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Chimikeppu Lake (Tsubetsu)
6/23 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Tomisato Dam (Kitami)  
6/25 (Sun) 6:00 a.m. Koshimizu Wild Flower Park (Koshimizu) Seaside dunes w/low vegetation across road from Tofutsu Lake
6/30 (Fri) 5:00 a.m. Midorigaoka Park (Kitami)  
7/2 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Wakka Wild Flower Park (Tokoro) Saroma Lake and seaside scrub
7/30 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Notoro Lake (Ubaranai, Abashiri) Shorebirds
8/27 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu)  
9/3 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu)  
9/23 (Sat) 8:30 a.m. Okhotsk Park (Abashiri) Cleaning birdhouses
9/24 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu) Ladies' event
10/1 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Nakanoshima Park (Kitami)  
11/5 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu)  
12/3 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Cape Notoro (Abashiri)  
1/14 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Abashiri Port (Abashiri)  
2/25 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Nakanoshima Park (Kitami)  
3/25 (Sun) 13:00 Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu) Stellar's & White-tailed eagles etc.

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Whooper swans with assorted ducks and gulls on Tofutsu Lake one day after a snowstorm froze this spot that is normally not frozen due to sea water coming in and out with the tide. A Red Fox is nearby, and Mt. Shari is in the background. (Swan Park, Tofutsu Lake, 22 February 2009; photo: DB)