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Backyard ANTology

Main Project Information
Goal Understand ant ecology in California's Central Valley
Task Collect ants
Where Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, United States of America California Central Valley
3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, 95211 California 95211
Description

Ants are widespread, play important roles in many ecosystems, and exhibit variation in biodiversity across urban-rural gradients. Yet, there is little ecological information on ants in California's Central Valley, a region characterized by a range of human-impacts—from rapid urbanization to intensive agriculture. Our program aims to open this ecological black box while also engaging citizens in science they can conduct in their schools, parks, or backyards. Participants request ant collecting kits through a web interface (www.backyardantology.weebly.com), collect ants wherever they choose, fill out information cards, and return their collected ants via pre-paid envelopes. We identify the ants and post results on our website, which also contains general information about frequently encountered ant species of the Central Valley. Thus, the website is designed to inform participants and non-participants, with the ultimate goals of promoting knowledge and recruiting more participants.

How to Join

Participants request ant collecting kits through a web interface (http://backyardantology.weebly.com/how-it-works.html), collect ants wherever they choose, fill out information cards, and return their collected ants via pre-paid envelopes.

Project Timing Ongoing
Website http://www.backyardantology.weebly.com
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, On a walk, run, At school, At home
Tags agroecology, ants, california, central valley, urban ecology
Project Updated 04/21/2017