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JP054Lake Kabukurinuma

Site Description

Artificial landscapes (terrestrial); Wetlands

The site formed on the borderline of plains and hilly districts in the northern part of Miyagi Prefecture. Lake Izunuma and Uchinuma, the lake used to be a vast wetland between hilly districts, and, after some reclamation projects, the lake has taken the present form. Phragmites australis and others grow thickly in the marsh. There are some Salix forests along the riverbank in the lake area and on the heaps of earth and sand brought by floods. The environment mainly comprises wetlands and forests near the riversides. Before registering under the Ramsar Convention, paddy fields in Shiratori district that lie next to Lake Kabukurinuma have been restored to being part of the lake. The surrounding area is mainly composed of paddy fields, with planted Cyryptomeria japonica, fields, and low hills dotted with houses on the north side.

Area & Coordinates

150ha 38°38′N 141°06′E
region: Tohoku


A4i, A4iii

Designation Type

Wildlife Protection Area (government)

Protection Status


Conservation issues


Breeding resident

Tachybaptus ruficollis, Ardea cinerea, Accipiter gentilis, Coturnix japonica, Alauda arvensis

Breeding visitor

Ixobrychus eurhythmus, Bubulcus ibis, Porzana fusca, Fulica atra, Rostratula benghalensis, Caprimulgus indicus, Acrocephalus bistrigiceps, Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Cisticola juncidis, Emberiza fucata

Winter visitor

Anser albifrons, Anser fabalis, Haliaeetus albicilla, Circus cyaneus, Locustella pryeri

Passage visitor

Charadridae, Scolopacidae




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