AFC Artists in Japan Support Fish Owl Conservation

Eriko Kobayashi - AFC
October 16, 2018 share
Artists for Conservation

This November 5th to 12th in Hamanaka, Japan, a team of artists including Signature AFC Members Eriko Kobayashi and Yasuo Watanabe are collaborating with the NGO Fish Owl Aid to support the Blakiston's Fish-Owl. The artists and Fish Owl Aid will be sketching the natural environments of eastern Hokkaido, where they are hostjng a series of workshops and inform visitors and residents about conserving the critically endangered species of owl.

While the situation for Blakiston's Fish-Owl is dire, there is cause for hope, following successful efforts by both government and private-sector support to increase the population from a low of just 70 birds to more than double in the last 30 years. The species have broad territories and require large areas of wilderness to survive. As specialists in feeding on fish, the owls depend on fish in streams and rivers in the region of Hokkaido. 

The project aims to appeal to the public through education to support the creation of green corridors for the owls to live. They seek donations to raise $7,000 USD toward the project.

The artists will be providing workshops to both a local elementary school and a junior high school in the area, as well as plein air sketching workshops to the public. From November 7 to 12, the team will then host an art exhibit featuring their paintings of local fish owl habitat as well a speaking event on November 11.

For more information, visit the project website here: https://fishowlproject.wixsite.com/hokkaido

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