Giving a seminar on the “OKEON Churamori Project” and ant databasing at the Museum of Nature and Human Activities in Hyogo

Saturday February 17th, 2018
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A workshop for curators of Japan was held at the Museum of Nature and Human Activities in Hyogo and was coordinated by the West Japan Natural History Museum Network and the National Museum of Nature and Science Tokyo. Masashi Yoshimura (Yoshi), the OKEON Churamori Project coordinator, was invited to present a seminar to introduce the […]


Learning how to make resin-encapsulated specimens

Saturday February 10th, 2018
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We learned that the curator of the Museum of Nature and Human Activities in Hyogo, Dr. Mitsuhashi, will be holding a resin-encapsulated specimen preparation course at the Okinawa prefectural museum. We took the opportunity to invite him to OIST to give a lecture on the same topic for the staff of the Okinawa Prefecture Environmental […]


Listening to ecosystems: New study published using acoustic monitoring to study Okinawa’s “Soundscape”

Monday November 20th, 2017
Sam Ross sets up an acoustic monitoring device at the OIST field site.

At every OKEON site there is a small green box attached to a tree. These boxes are acoustic monitors, and they are recording natural sounds almost constantly. As part of the OKEON project, we use these natural sound recordings, or “soundscapes”, as a way of monitoring biodiversity. We collect more than 1 terabyte of audio […]


Summer events at OKEON field sites

Thursday November 2nd, 2017
Some kids could identify the ant species on sight without using a taxonomic key. That’s amazing!

Over this past summer, we took part in various events where our field sites are setup across Okinawa. The Kurashiki Dam summer festival was held on August 6. We set up a OKEON booth displaying devices we use for field surveys and specimens from insect collections, and there was also a hands-on exhibition.During the festival […]


Releasing images of fire ants and related images

Wednesday August 9th, 2017
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The OKEON Churamori Project introduced the Alien Species Prevention Project in 2016, which is sponsored by the Department of Environment and Community Affairs, Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG), utilizing the insect survey network set up across mainland Okinawa as a means to monitor alien species. In June, 2017, the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) Solenopsis invicta […]