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Bear Conservation and Eco-Tourism in Japan #2: Visit to Shiretoko
For the previous post on this subject, see here. About 18 months ago, I first heard about Shiretoko Peninsula while watching a documentary called Wild Japan. With my working holiday in Japan coming up, I was looking for inspiration as to where I should travel. Of course, being a conservationist and wildlife enthusiast, I was keen to get out into the most wild and isolated places that might be on offer.
Bear Conservation and Eco-Tourism in Japan
I started my new job at a Wildlife Research Centre in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. This organisation is unique in that it works in both conservation and eco-tourism, the tours providing funding for the conservation side (along with few local grants). Nowhere else in the world is this being done, at least not to the same extent as here.
Review of 5 Common Types of Traps: Predator-Free New Zealand
Introduction Predator-Free 2050 is an initiative to help restore New Zealand's native biodiversity by eliminating three types of introduced predators: rats, stoats, and possums. These pests are considered the most damaging of all introduced predators. As much of New Zealand's wildlife has evolved to avoid native predators such as eagles, our species tend to be ground-dwelling, but this makes them vulnerable to introduced predators. See the video above to learn more.
Campsite #11, Furano: Flowers, Food and a Bar to Meet Locals
Unlike my sunny escapade in Biei, my single night in Furano was a miserable drizzle. Here, I also chose a park to camp in, again for the reason that there wasn't really any other option for camping unless I had a vehicle to drive to a campsite or Michi no eki (the ones in this area weren't accessible by foot or public transport).
Campsite #10, Biei: A Flourish of Flowers
Biei was by far the most romantic sorta place I visited on my travels. Perfectly-lined fields of grass and dirt waiting for seeds to sprout forth their life into the fresh country air, flower farms bursting with all colours of the rainbow, the surging, fluorescent blue of the Biei River, all set against the backdrop of the great Daisetsuzan mountain range... this was a place I wasn't going to leave in a hurry.