Putting It All Together

In order to make the project fully functional, we need to package up the Arduino+XBee hardware assembly inside a weatherized, protected layer within the bird feeder, mount the photocell near the base of the feeder, fill the feeder with seed, attach the Arduino+XBee hardware to a power source, and place the feeder outdoors but within range of the paired XBee radio attached to the computer.

Unless you live in an area with little rainfall, you will need to protect the electrical assembly from water damage. I have found double bagging the components in a small plastic freezer bag does a sufficient job of weatherproofing the Arduino+XBee. However, unless you plan on powering the electronics with a 9V battery that can be ...

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