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

By okeon_admin on Monday,November 20th, 2017 in Audio, Biodiversity, Research, 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 […]

OPG Visit: Fire ants in Taiwan

By okeon_admin on Wednesday,February 22nd, 2017 in Ants, Collaboration, OPG, Research, No Comments

Taiwan has been fighting fire ants over a decade. They must have excellent tactics to battle fire ants that we can adopt as a counter-plan to keep them away from Okinawa. To learn from their experience and knowledge, we visited the Red Imported Fire Ant Control Center and a fire ant control business. The staff was […]

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

By okeon_admin on Friday,February 17th, 2017 in Audio, Biodiversity, Data, Research, 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 […]

Happy New Year! The First Rooster Call of 2017

By okeon_admin 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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