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Photo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
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Updated 08/07/2016
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location Los Angeles California
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no

Required Gear:

plastic container(s)
plastic spoon
gardening trowel
old white pillowcase
data sheet
small note card

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Los Angeles Spider Survey

Help scientists learn about urban spiders in LA.
Spot, record, share sightings of spiders in L.A.

In spite of their importance and abundance, we do not know much about the spiders in Los Angeles. There are no truly large collections of urban spiders from this area, as most collectors concentrate on studying natural areas. As an important international port, new species of spiders from various parts of the world are always being accidentally introduced into the Los Angeles area, and some of these have established breeding populations. We need to know how widespread these introduced species have become, and how they have interacted with the native spiders. Also, we want to know how urbanization and the loss of natural habitat has affected populations and distributions of naturally occurring spiders.

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