A group of katten (cats, in English), is also called a cluster.
The third emerging camera trapping site includes a wide angle camera that is originally developed for placement inside a nestbox. However, when we started working with this camera, we felt that the bird nesting season was already well on its way and we may miss out on observing nesting birds this year. Instead, biodiversiteitsliefhebbers came up with the idea to make a bird resting and feeding station with a camera to monitor and help local birds during upcoming warm weather and droughts.
Together with Annemarie, and with input of other ecovillage residents, we designed and developed a Vogel Spa Centre (Bird Spa Centre, in English), also called a Fly-Through.
The first most important quality that this bird refreshment station should have is that it has to be made katten-proof. The local katten are regarded as important members of the eco village. There are about seven kat-residents, some of whom roam around outdoors and others are kept inside. Some of these katten are known bird hunters, and we wanted to develop a local area where birds would be able to rest safely from these katten.
Annemarie's artistic background and rich collection of material resources supported the development of this project. Later, Ali, who lives opposite of Annemarie, also became a core participant in the development of the Fly-Through and helped assembling the wooden panel. During this two-week long development phase, we engaged in a lot of conversations about birds, biodiversity, development, the food garden, and stories we shared from the different countries we inhabited. Due to our language differences, we spoke a mixture of Dutch and English, influenced by many Middle Eastern words and histories.
The activity of building the Fly-Through slowly became a goal in itself, where everyone seemed to enjoy engaging in material exploration, meeting each other for conversation, and spending time together. There was no need to speed up its development, because engaging in the process produced collective thinking, playfulness, and learning.
Eventually, we constructed two pillars made of kippengaas (chicken wire, in English), bamboo sticks, iron thread, a wooden panel, a plastic bowl filled with dry sand from the lower side of the Peelrandbreuk, and two ceramic bowls filled with water and birdseed mixture.