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Jan. 30, 2017

Eagles/Hawks Rearing Support Project: Continued protection of the abundant nature of the forests.

Suntory’s Natural Water Sanctuaries throughout Japan are home to various birds of prey*; many confirmed sightings include nest-building and rearing young.
*the general term for eagles, hawks, owls, falcons etc.

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A new policy has been added to Suntory’s practice of “Protecting the Future of Water and Life” at its Natural Water Sanctuaries. This is the “Eagles/Hawks Rearing Support Project,” which protects the environments in which birds of prey can raise their fledglings freely.



Protecting the forests where eagles, hawks and the like can raise their young: proof of the abundance of forests


Many birds of prey which have been confirmed in the various Natural Water Sanctuaries are wild birds at risk of extinction. However, this project’s intentions go beyond simply protecting these rare species.
Protecting the forests where eagles, hawks and the like can raise their young: proof of the abundance of forests. This is what relates to activities for “Protecting the Future of Water and Life” at the Natural Water Sanctuaries.


There is a big difference between birds of prey which “live” in a forest and those which “successfully raise young” in a forest. To be successful at rearing young requires a stable and healthy prey population to hunt and bring back to the nest. The prey, in turn, require their own prey thus creating a hierarchy within the forest, also known as an ecological pyramid.



The Ecological Pyramid in Forests:


This project is working to restore the entire ecological pyramid, creating a more abundant and richly diverse forest. We will continue our work to protect the abundance of the forests where birds of prey can rear their young.



Related Links
"Protecting the future of water and life" Suntory's "Natural Water Sanctuary" Activities
Suntory Bird Conservation Activities Toward the future for most precious nature - our hope for the birds
CSR Report (Water Sustainability)