Context Presentation

- Study the behavior and cognition of titmouse in their natural environment using an electronic feeder, called an Openfeeder.

- Developed by SETE (Station of Theoretical and Experimental Ecology) and SelectDesign.

- System successfully deployed as an island (4 to 8 feeders) on 2 high altitude sites and 3 low altitude sites around SETE (fall 2018).

- A feeder = PIR sensor (detect the presence of a bird), RFID reader (identification), a door controlled by a servomotor. The bird is banded (a transponder), a software with several programmed cognitive task scenarios.

- Principle of operative conditioning (learning a stimulus/reward combination).

- Data collection by USB stick, OF by OF!


Figure 1 : an 8 OpenFeeder station

Scientific Goals

- Synchronize the clocks of the OpenFeeder on each station

- Collect data (logs): centralization on an OF

- Transmit all collected data to the Laboratory (SETE), with RF module and GSM module

- Transmit errors and anomalies in real time by SMS via the GSM module

- Transmit config. (cognitive task scenarios,.ini files)


Birdwatch, OpenFeeder, GSM, ALPHA_TRX 433s,

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