AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for May, 2016
Yasuo Watanabe was born in Tokyo,Japan althopugh he now resides in Maihara, Shiga, Japan. He attended Tama Art University, in Tokyo.
He has been actively exhibiting in Japan and internationally since 2000 and participated in and attended the AFC exhibition and festival in Vancouver in 2015. His work has been included in Birds in Art several times.
Yasuo has also contributed to several birders field guides including: the Raptors of Korea, National Park Migratory Birds Center, KOREA, the Field Guide to the Raptors of Japan vol.01 (Osprey) and Field Guide to the Raptors of Japan vol.02 (Grey-Faced Buzzard)
Yasuo commitment to the mission of AFC. "Conservation is critical to me. For the conservation of wild birds, I am a volunteer staff member of the Japan Ministry of the Environment doing bird banding research. Also as an instructor I am helping in monitoring rare wild plant and animal species of the Shiga Prefecture. I am also on the staff of the Japan Wildlife Art Society and Japan Scientific Art Association, working to spread information on wildlife art and scientific art in Japan.
As a natural environment assessment investigator, I have also been involved in the environmental impact assessment of public construction projects."