|Presented By||Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County|
|Goal||Better understand the biodiversity of land snails/slugs in SoCal|
|Task||Find snails/slugs in SoCal, take photos of them, share with us!|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
Snails and slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments (SLIME) is a citizen science project that aims to catalogue the biodiversity of terrestrial gastropods (land snails and slugs) in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
The Natural History Museum’s collection of land snails includes thousands of specimens from locations throughout the Los Angeles basin and spans the last 100 years. However, not much is known about this mollusk biodiversity today, especially within the cities of Southern California. That’s where citizen scientists come in!
We’d like you to help us complete the first citizen science snail survey focusing on urban Southern California by finding snails and slugs and, either
With this information we hope to identify the species that call the urban areas of Southern California home, those that are new to the area, and those that haven’t been able to survive the changes that urbanization has made to their homeland.
|How to Join||
How to Participate
Step 1: Find snails and slugs
Step 2: Collect them in a container
Step 3: Write a label for each container
Step 4: Drop your specimen(s) off at the NHM
What happens next?
If collecting snails/slugs:
If taking photos of snails/slugs:
|Special Skills||You do not need to be able to ID snails or slugs. We can help you with that.|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a hike, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium|
|Tags||biodiversity, california, LA, los angeles, natural history museum of los angeles county, Nature & Outdoors, NHM, outdoors, slime, slug, slugs, snail, snails, socal, southern california|
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