January 2017 - OKEON


Surf and Turf: How Land Use in Okinawa Affects the Ocean


By jhjanicki on Monday,January 30th, 2017 in Data, GIS, No Comments

According to a recent survey from the Japanese environment ministry, over 70% of coral in the Sekisei lagoon – Japan’s largest reef located between the Okinawan islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote – has died from bleaching. While increasing ocean temperatures are the leading cause of coral bleaching, soil and pollutant runoff from the land also […]


Nago Science Festa


By jhjanicki on Friday,January 27th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Collaboration, Education, Exhibition, News, Outreach, No Comments

OKEON Churamori project will be collaborating with a group of museum curators to set up a booth at the Nago Science Festa 2017, which is taking place this coming Saturday, January 28. The title of the booth will be “In touch with nature”, and will include an insect card game set up by the OKEON […]


OKEON awarded Biodiversity Action Award Japan


By jhjanicki on Thursday,January 26th, 2017 in Award, Biodiversity, OKEON update, No Comments

Researchers working as part of the OKEON Churamori project received the “Biodiversity Action Award Japan” for their continued efforts to monitor the terrestrial environment of Okinawa and to conduct research for promoting biodiversity conservation. The prize was awarded by the United Nations Japan; this year marks the fourth year in a 10-year initiative to promote […]


Happy New Year! The First Rooster Call of 2017


By jhjanicki on Friday,January 6th, 2017 in Audio, Biodiversity, Research, No Comments

On a small farm near the botanical garden in Okinawa City, a rooster sang its first song of 2017 – the “year of the rooster”. His was the first song of the dawn chorus, a daily event that arouses every type of bird sound on the island of Okinawa – from the sweet melody of […]



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