Nesting eagles halt JSDF base construction

Nesting eagles halt JSDF base construction

A crested serpent eagle.

May 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sometime before May 22, the Okinawa Defense Bureau found that the crested serpent eagle, a nationally protected species, is nesting at the future site of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force base in Hirae-oomata, Ishigaki City. Subsequently, the bureau suspended construction at the site indefinitely on May 20.

The male bird of a presumed couple was observed transporting food and traveling to and from one specific location during an environmental monitoring survey conducted on May 20.

The Defense Bureau said it will take input from the city and experts under advisement to implement necessary conservation measures and proceed with construction appropriately.

Similarly, last year the use of heavy machinery at the Hirae-oomata construction site was suspended for a one-month period beginning at the end of April (it spanned the long holidays) after the crested serpent eagle was observed nesting at the site.
(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)

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