In further investigating digital practices for biodiversity monitoring, more knowledge about the eco village's existing relations to digital technologies emerged. Obviously, as people live, work, and reside at this site, many everyday digital practices are commonly used at this site. When it comes to digital environmental relations, many residents have a CO2 monitoring sensor in their home that sends notifications when CO2 levels increase, for example when many people are occupying the same room. Similarly, particulate matter sensors are installed outside at the eco village, in order to measure pollution levels (supposedly those that are cause by the neighbouring farmlands).
Many residents of the eco village have expert knowledge about biodiversity, especially in relation to plants. Some people can identify nearly all plants in the gardens, and others know detailed background stories of plant names and meanings. Some residents are specifically knowledgeable about local birds, while other people connect with alternative knowledge practice to use wild plants medicinally, spiritually, or for food consumption. While most residents had heard about species identification via mobile phones, most were new to their use. However, some participants were already familiar with the use of apps like ObsIdentify, iNaturalist, or Merlin, to identify local species via images or sound.
Residents also informally communicate their biodiversity observations via shared groups on Signal. Here people share pictures and stories of local newborn ducklings, or curious environmental observations, such as a dead salamander or escaped pigs.
Before the start of the fieldwork at Ecodorp Boekel, we collectively discussed possible ways of looking into local biodiversity where the biodiversiteitsliefhebbers indicated their interest in using camera traps to observe birds as well as the use of technologies to listen to bat acoustics. They are also interested in better understanding local soil biodiversity.