Okhotsk Chapter
of the Wild Bird Society of Japan


Birding Events for FY2018-19

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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 40 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 Saturdays at locations in the Kitami area, and 4 early-morning walks are planned in the Abashiri area mostly on Mondays. One evening birdcall listening walk is planned for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday June 30 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 FY2018-19 is below. (Schedules are subject to change.)

Birding Schedule

Date Time Place Notes
4/21 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Notsukeushi Park (Kitami)  
4/22 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Notsukeushi Park (Kitami)  
4/28 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Tokiwa Park (Kitami)  
4/29 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Notsukeushi Park (Kitami)  
5/5 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Midorigaoka Park (Kitami)  
5/6 (Sun) 5:30 a.m. Abashiri Lake shore (Memanbetsu)  
5/6 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Abashiri Lake shore (Memanbetsu)  
5/12 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Minamigaoka Park (Kitami)  
5/13 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Seseragi Park (Bihoro)  
5/14 (Mon) 6:00 a.m. Okhotsk Cycling Road (Abashiri)  
5/19 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Nakanoshima Park (Kitami)  
5/20 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Midorigaoka Park (Kitami)  
5/21 (Mon) 5:00 a.m. Okhotsk Cycling Road (Abashiri)  
5/26 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Midorigaoka Park (Kitami)  
5/27 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Kinsen-kyo (Takinoue) Mountain gorge
5/28 (Mon) 6:00 a.m. Abashiri Lake shore (Memanbetsu)  
6/2 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Notsukeushi Park (Kitami)  
6/3 (Sun) 3:00 - 15:00 Okhotsk Birdathon Various locations
6/9 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Minamigaoka Park (Kitami)  
6/10 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Kanoko Dam (Oketo)  
6/16 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Kyoei Dam (Kitami)  
6/17 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Wakka Wild Flower Park (Tokoro) Saroma Lake and seaside scrub
6/23 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Tomisato Dam (Kitami)  
6/24 (Sun) 6:00 a.m. Koshimizu Wild Flower Park (Koshimizu) Seaside dunes w/low vegetation across road from Tofutsu Lake
6/30 (Sat) 5:00 a.m. Midorigaoka Park (Kitami)  
6/30 (Sat) 19:00 Chimikeppu Lake (Tsubetsu) Extensive forest
(19:00 Focus on listening)
7/1 (Sun) 5:00 a.m. Chimikeppu Lake (Tsubetsu)
7/1 (Sun) 8:00 a.m. Chimikeppu Lake (Tsubetsu)
7/29 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Ukishima Wetland (Takinoue) High moor (870m elev.)
8/26 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu)  
9/2 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Notoro Lake (Ubaranai, Abashiri) Shorebirds
9/22 (Sat) 8:30 a.m. Okhotsk Park (Abashiri) Cleaning birdhouses
9/23 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Okhotsk Village (Koshimizu)  
10/7 (Sun) 9:00 a.m. Nakanoshima Park (Kitami)  
11/4 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Tofutsu Lake (Abashiri/Koshimizu)  
11/11 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Kawasaki's Home Forest (Koshimizu) Ladies' event
12/9 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Cape Notoro (Abashiri)  
1/13 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Abashiri Port (Abashiri)  
2/24 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. Nakanoshima Park (Kitami)  
3/31 (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)