Hi all first post here, I just stumbled onto this forum. I really liked the video with Tom August shared in another thread here that I happened to see just now, especially the parts about doing our best to keep enthusiasm and positivity for the ultimate goal of why we're all interested in what we do.
This seems like a great place for sharing interesting projects, tutorials or websites people have found or stumbled onto. I feel like sometimes people can get so caught up in endless meetings/discussions/red tape that they end up hardly doing actual much real life action, so a lot of my enthusiasm is for trying to do things, even if I have a big lack of formal training/study.
Earlier I also stumbled onto this concept in the text of a bioacoustics project that I really liked and really connects with how I've felt for a long time but without being able to put it so succinctly:
I have basically zero academic training but just a massive love for nature and trying to do what I can to help nature and get more people interested in nature. I've thus far done more nature volunteering here in England, and also done a small little project in my own time the last few years finding places to donate and plant trees at here.
Now for a new "micro reserve" project I'm currently planning/creating, I'm currently looking at various possibilities for DIY or commercial projects, cameras or pollinator/insect monitoring devices, e.g. such as that newish commercial Polly device by the company Agrisound (for monitoring pollinators), and things like Audiomoth, or potentially some completely DIY solution using something like raspberry pi, arduino or adafruit etc. And even wild ideas like simply recording the sounds of nature to create some kind of experimental music/sound art using the recordings. Unfortunately this DIY project I was initially excited about is not available to buy ready made from the original seller and their custom app is also gone I think - but this instructable tutorial gives some pretty good ideas for using an old lower power smart phone with solar to create a kind of webcam. - that could give some leads for how to create more DIY options for this.
Some of these devices look so cool but are unfortunately super expensive or more geared at corporate/industrial use I think.
Feel free to share anything interesting things you're working on or have stumbled onto lately!
This DIY project looks awesome which I might attempt as it looks like the closest thing almost to what I've been looking for to try to track/monitor wild pollinators/bees/butterflies etc, the other devices I've seen so far are either still in development, exorbitantly expensive or seem to be walled off more just for large scale industrial/farming/corporate use etc.