Field Work Archives - OKEON


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


By jhjanicki on Monday,November 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized, No Comments

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 […]


Introducing the field sampling team of the OKEON Churamori Project


By jhjanicki on Wednesday,April 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized, No Comments

It is close to two years since we started to set up the field network. Originally it was simply an idea, then we set up 24 field sites across Okinawa with 72 SLAM traps as well as weather stations, acoustic recorders, and camera traps. With the assistance of various people this network was created in […]


OPG Visit: Ishigaki


By jhjanicki on Wednesday,March 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized, No Comments

We visited Ishigaki Island to see if there are any fire ants or any other invasive ants threats and check on the ants currently inhabiting in the area. I shuddered at the sight of the grassland surrounding Ishigaki airport and the man-made land at the harbor. It looked so similar to the scenery of Taiwan, […]


Listening to the sounds of nature: switching on OIST’s acoustic monitoring network


By jhjanicki on Friday,February 17th, 2017 in Uncategorized, No Comments

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, and for birds living in Okinawa it’s the perfect time to start thinking about building a nest. In warm years like this one, the Tree Sparrow (スズメ) begins its breeding season around this time, followed by the Pacific Swallow (リュウキュウツバメ), the Japanese White-eye (メジロ), and the Japanese Tit (シジュウカラ). If […]


Tracking the trails of the Okinawa rail, or the Yanbaru kuina


By jhjanicki on Friday,January 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized, No Comments

The OKEON churamori project is moving forward and more devices are being set in place to collect data, including camera traps and acoustic traps at various sites. In the mean time, the project team has already started to do some data processing. We found some very interesting intersections across devices, in particular, we were able […]



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