As a sustainable way of controlling animals and preventing damages caused by wild boars in the rural area of Ishibashi district of Odawara city, we are developing a trap-owner system. This system is a business model that benefits each of the three stakeholders; the farmers, hunters, and public trap owners. Now that the project is in its 3rd year, we are working with companies to use IoT in order to increase capture efficiency. Become a trap owner and lets work on animal management together!
We are working on the maintenance and environmental improvement of the Nursing Campus Biotope (located behind the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care). The biotope was created for the purpose of preserving the environment of the valley in 2001, but for a while had not been maintained. Artificial biotopes can adversely affect local biodiversity if they are not managed. Because of that, the biotope has problems such as overgrowth of invasive plants and dense trees. So we launched this project in 2015 for proposing an improvement plan for this biotope to contribute to the area's biodiversity. Our main activity is removing invasive plants, conducting water quality surveys, and place camera traps. Through trial and error, we aim to improve the management and development of this biotope.
Hadano biodiversity project conduct comprehensive biodiversity investigation and research, including experimental environmental education programs in Naganuki district, Hadano city (Kanagawa Pref.) from 2017. We teamed with the NPO Donkai, who manages the rice terraces, and explore better ways to conserve the nature and high level of biodiversity. The rare Yato landscape of Satoyama is constructed of swamps, glasses, copse and other various micro habitats for native species. Such cross-sectional research program, including investigation and implementation of management methods, goes along with the SFC way of thinking. Few specimens of invertebrate species found in Naganuki district will be displayed at our booth. Come by and check out the native insects of Japan!
We have some programs in cooperation with Chigasaki City. The purpose is to raise children's interest in nature and to revitalize the community. As a main project, we conduct workshops using the parks of Chigasaki City. I feel that there is problem in that the way the parks are used and who uses them have an uneven trend, and I am working hard to get more local residents to see the park as their own. In addition, we are also involved in the issuance of Chigasaki City's newsletter Chigasaki, and the promotion for environmental education programs held by Chigasaki City.
It is said that climate change has an influence on lifestyles of birds, for example, the timing difference in their breeding and their breeding densities. The Daurian Redstart seems to be one such bird. They migrate from the Asian continent to Japan and spend in winter in Japan. But since 2010, This species began to breed in Japan. The number of breeding confirmed points has soared especially in Mt.Yatsugatake area. In addition, the Daurian Redstart has interesting features; they have used artificial things as nest sites in Japan.I use two methods. The one is DNA Meta-barcoding method to detect what they eat or feed their young and another one is GIS to find the environmental characteristics around nests. Most of the food seems to be caterpillars and insects both adult and larval stages.