Oikonos is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization
working locally and internationally to increase ecosystem knowledge
through science, art, technology, education, and applied conservation.
What does Oikonos
The name Oikonos is derived from Greek and Latin roots
and is pronounced "oi·kô´·nôs."
The literal translation of "oikos" is home.
It is commonly applied to "earth as home" and the word ecology
is derived from it. The root "konos" is derived from the Latin
"cognoscere," which means to recognize, learn, inquire or
examine. Hence we define Oikonos as ecosystem knowledge.
What does Oikonos do?
Oikonos works locally and internationally
to improve biodiversity conservation on imperiled islands and
increase understanding of human impacts on marine ecosystems.
Leading community based conservation
Conducting rigorous science
Engaging communities and stakeholders in stewardship
Sharing knowledge through creative, alternative, and traditional means
Oikonos' logo is an egg from a seabird related to the
extinct Great Auk that is known as the Common Murre (pronounced MER).
The genus name Uria (YOU-rih-ah) is from the Greek ourein, to
dive. The species name aalge (AHL-geh) is the Scandinavian word
These expert divers lay a single egg in a breeding season
that varies in color from cream to bright aqua. The squiggly pigments
also vary greatly. The egg is pyriform or pear-shaped which prevents
it from rolling off of the steep, crowded, nesting cliffs. A Murre egg
would fill your palm as it is larger than a chicken egg. Both parents
share some responsibility for incubation, using close neighbors and
sharp bills to protect their egg from predators. After approximately
28 days, the chick breaks the shell, and hatches.
This marine bird inhabits oceans and islands of the Pacific
and Atlantic Northern Hemisphere. Known in some regions as the Common
Guillemot (Atlantic), Allpaq (Alutiiq Alaskan Yupik), Trottellumme (German),
or Langvía (Icelandic).
As Oikonos' logo, an egg has diverse meanings,
representing systems that are connected, interdependent, and changing.