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Waterfowl Enjoy Marshes of Naha-Tomishiro Areas

Date Posted: 2004-03-25

A riverside park is providing refuge to thousands of birds on Okinawa.

The Mango Park, situated in the border area between Naha City and Tomishiro City, is a sanctuary to more than 70 different birds, as well as other different animals.

It is a much needed area, a mango marsh meadow in the midst of an urban area. The park is registered to Lamsar by treaty accomplished in 1999, and is billed as “the cradle of living animals” in the city.

The problem is, the area used to be home to more than 8,000 birds before the area went into transition, the marshlands shrinking. Officials say things are becoming a bit dismal, with bridge construction taking away wildlife refuge.

The birds are decreasing faster, with 85% of the birds now gone. The marshland water levels are dropping 1.7cm as earth and sand are more prevalent. More problematic are the mango trees, which are spreading their roots, trapping the sand and raising the land level.

The drawback is that the marshland is eliminating the once large sanctuary for the birds.

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