Sometimes when it comes to appreciating nature like animals, it might be best to observe and appreciate them from afar and in the wild. This is why things like bird feeders exist, where people get to enjoy watching birds go about their daily business without necessarily caging them up.

If you want to take your bird watching to the next level, then you most definitely want to check out the Bird Buddy. This is a smart bird feeder that has launched on Kickstarter that has managed to raise a whopping $1.5 million, blowing way, way, way past its original and somehow humble goal of $60,000.

So what makes the Bird Buddy so special? Like we said, it is a smart bird feeder which means that it is a more hi-tech version than most bird feeders out there. It comes with a built-in camera that can notify users when there’s a bird present. Given that it lacks a human presence, it allows users to snap photos of birds without scaring them off.

It is also smart enough where it can even identify the different types of birds, thanks to the built-in AI which its creators claim is clever enough to recognize over 1,000 species. It also attempts to gamify the experience by unlocking achievements when a new species arrives at the bird feeder.

For those who are looking to go one step further by making the Bird Buddy self-sustainable, there is an option to add on a solar panel that will help keep it powered. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, head on over to its Kickstarter page for the details.

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