For the record, the Ikkatsu Project operates as a sponsored program of Oikonos, an amazing non-profit that is doing great things for seabirds and coastal and island ecosystems. The little “DONATE” button on the right side of the page is always over there, but I’m not sure I’ve made a proper introduction, at least, not lately.
Put simply, Oikonos is an organization that is using science to make a difference in the lives of birds and people. At various research sites all over the Pacific from Alaska to New Zealand, the Juan Fernandez Islands to Tacoma, Oikonos members are conducting research and gathering data that is used to help bring entire species back from the brink, while at the same time growing stronger connections between people and their surroundings. The work that Oikonos is doing with the issue of plastic ingestion by seabirds reveals the extent of the problem and continues to drive further research.
I get group emails fairly regularly from Oikonos members in California about replanting efforts and beach monitoring and other volunteer events and even though I’m too far away to participate in of any of them, I read about them all the way through. I’m proud and grateful of the opportunity for the Ikkatsu Project to be part of what Oikonos is doing, here in the Pacific Northwest and all over the world. Research and action, both, along with a deep and obvious love for the planet.