The Solar Powered-Bird Proof Squirrel Feeder w\ Camera will allow squirrels to retrieve seeds, nuts, and corn kernels without worrying about those pesky birds stealing all their food. While your squirrel enjoys the spoils of your feeder, you'll enjoy lovely digital photos to entertain and impress your friends, family, and fellow squirrel lovers. This environment friendly project is powered entirely off of solar power.

This project is rated moderate for ease-ability. You will learn a little bit about working with wood cutting, micro-controllers (e.g. Arduino Uno), programming, and solar panels (e.g. Voltaic Systems' 6 Watt Solar Charger Kit). We will provide resources for familiarizing yourself with everything you need to know, like soldering, cutting, where to buy materials, and how to use them.

To begin creating your very own squirrel selfies, continue to the first step.

Why a Solar Powered Bird-Proof Squirrel Feeder w\ Camera?

The purpose of this indestructible it to inspire you. While you will no doubtingly experience challenges while building your very own projects, you can be assured that it is natural to stumble while creating anything from scratch. We hope our instructions will help you build something you can enjoy and share with others. Our folks at Unallocated Space had a few ideas for the Instructable's Voltaic Systems Build Night contest entry. You can rest assure choosing just the right project for the Instructable community was not a easy task, but be prepared to be wowed and awed!

Presenting the "Solar Powered Bird-Proof Squirrel Feeder w\ Camera"... Sounds awesome right? Don't take our word for it, see for yourself!

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This Instructable is a living document. As we learn new ways of explaining and doing things, we will update this Instructable. Please continue on to the next step to begin building!

About Us

Unallocated Space (UAS) is an active hackerspace location in Anne Arundel County (Severn, MD) that supports the DC / Baltimore Metro Area. As a 100% free open technology-based community lab, we welcome anyone to share their creativity.

Our mission is to foster our community to "Teach, Learn, Build”. Our 1600+ sqft space is minutes from BWI, between Baltimore and Washington DC. Equipped with a wide range of tools, UAS welcomes DIY tech enthusiasts of all skill levels and interests. Our space enables everyday people to share ideas and work on group and individual projects. Our facility has resources that support electronics (soldering, circuits), fabrication (wood, plastics, metal), and is fully wired/wireless network with a VM lab for network experiments. Our classroom can handle 20+ students and hosts courses in electrics, web development, programming and computer networking.

Our members offer a steady stream of free and public events, classes, activities, and anything that gets people building, making, and learning. We serve the community on 100% donated funds as a non-profit organization. For more information, visit http://www.unallocatedspace.org  for upcoming events or contact info AT unallocatedspace.org for more Information.

Step 1: Things You'll Need

Every hacker/maker knows finding the right materials can be a daunting task. This is an opportunity to be creative. This Instructable is an opportunity for us to help you more easily find the same materials we used, but we want to remind you to think outside the box.

Notes: Before beginning, please review all the steps to observe what is needed and how those items are used. Many of these tools and supplies can be substituted to obtain the same desired effect. We encourage you to experiment and use recycled materials whenever possible!


- Computer (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
- Table Saw (Optional) or Hand Saw
- Miter Saw (Optional) or Hand Saw
- Electric Drill
- 7/64 Drill Bit
- Phillip Screw Bit
- Phillip Screw Driver
- Box Cutter
- Plexiglas Cutter (Optional)
- Solder Iron w\ Solder and Flex
- Hot Glue Gun
- Tape Measure


- 6 Watt Solar Charger Kit (e.g. http://www.voltaicsystems.com/)
- Wood
- Wood Screws
- Black Split Loom 5/8"
- Hinges 1 1/2" x1 1/4" (Qty 2) (e.g. Gatehouse 3-1/2-in Entry Door Hinges)
- Spring (e.g. The Hillman Group 2-3/8-in Zinc-Plated Steel Window Screen Tension Springs)
- Outdoor Electrical Box (e.g. CANTEX Plastic New Work Electrical Box
- Arduino UNO v3 (e.g. http://www.sparkfun.com / http://www.arduino.cc)
- Digital Camera w\ Weather Proof Enclosure (e.g. Southern Telecom Emeson Action Digital Camera)
- Copper Tape or Switch
- Black Split Loom 5/8"
- Clear Silicon Sealant
- Male to Male Jumper Wires
- 22 AWG Stranded Wire
- 22 AWG Solid Wire (Copper) or Pre-formed Jumper Wire for Breadboards
- Optocoupler (Qty 2) (e.g. PC817) (Qty 2)
- LEDs (Qty 2) (for testing and optional)
- 170-Point Mini Breadboard
- Non-Salted Unshelled Peanuts

Put this a short distance from a bird feeder. I wonder if it does a good job of keeping the squirrels away from the bird feeder.
<p>There is only one way to find out! :)</p>
<p>This was a well written instructable but, for those of us whose houses are overwhelmed by squirrels (FURRY TAILED RATS)........ the next build should have an wireless alarm to inform you to get the pellet rifle and take aim. A system like that would surely bring Squirrelicus Maximus population levels down in my neighborhood! I wonder if that would be considered baiting in this state??.</p>
<p>I work at a feed store and we sell a lot of bird seed, most customers have tried that and said it helps a little but they will still find the bird feeder and eat the seed. Try putting hot pepper powder in the bird seed. Birds don't have saliva so it wont affect them at all but the squirrels wont like it and stop eating. Don't worry it won't hurt them!</p><p>Hope this helps you.<br> </p>
While everyone else makes squirrel proof bird feeders, you do this. Better not combine the two otherwise none of them will eat. Nice project, well presented.
<p>Thank you for the complement. We enjoyed sharing it with you. </p>
<p>I was apart of this project. I cant wait to see if other people will enjoy it and the concept as much as we did.</p>

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