Male grouse transferred from Mt. Norikura in the Northern Alps to Mt. Komagatake in the Central Alps = May 7 (provided by the Ministry of the Environment)

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Male grouse transferred from Mt. Norikura in the Northern Alps to Mt. Komagatake in the Central Alps = May 7 (provided by the Ministry of the Environment)

On the 8th, Nagano Prefecture started crowdfunding using the hometown tax payment system to help protect the endangered Japanese grouse, which is a national special natural monument. The target amount is 2 million yen, which will be used for training engineers to support grouse child-rearing and for creating learning videos for mountaineers who can learn about ecology.

According to the prefecture, the number of grouse in the alpine zone has halved in the last 50 years, and the current population is estimated to be 1,700. In the Central Alps, it was thought that it became extinct without sighting information after 1969, but one female was confirmed in 2018. Last year, 19 birds were transferred from Mt. Norikura in the Northern Alps to Mt. Naka-Akomagatake, and the Ministry of the Environment and Nagano Prefecture are working together to restore the population.