Biology and Art - March 2024

This month’s contribution comes from a master’s student, Mioka Toda, who is studying the Taxonomy of Animals. Mioka plays tennis and is interested in music (acoustic guitar, piano).

3 March UNESCO – World Wildlife Day

Climate change influences the number of wildlife species around the world. In Japan, the population of Iriomote wild cat is critically endangered, but the government is trying to save the species by establishing the Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center in Okinawa. Unfortunately, the wolves were not so lucky. The population of Hokkaido wolves died around 1945. To stop that, we must look more creatively around us and stop buying things we do not need, which will allow the government to redirect resources towards conservation. Let’s do that together, ok?

The rules are simple: 5-7-5, there is no seasonal reference word (a kigo), but your poem must relate to either biology or the topic of the month, and you are writing in English.
Therefore, Mioka’s haiku for this month is:

Many legs in sync;
millipedes dance with mushrooms.
Conservation bliss.


WORDS to learn this month are:
to influence - 影響を与える, critically endangered - 絶滅の危機に瀕している, to establish - 設立する, to die around 1945 - 1945年ごろに絶滅する, to redirect resources towards conservation - 資源を保全に回す