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Never Home Alone: The Wild Life of Our Homes

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Goal To survey the arthropods in homes around the world
Task To photograph insects and other animals in their homes
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

In studying life, scientists have overlooked many regions. Some regions have not been studied because they are so remote. Others because they are so diverse that it is hard to know where to even begin. Then there is the great indoors, which we believe has been understudied in part because it is so immediate. This project aims to document the species that live indoors with humans, including but not exclusive to arthropods. In studying the arthropods (insects and their kin) in Raleigh, North Carolina we found more than one thousand species in homes. As we have studied homes in other cities, we have found even more species, some of them new to science, virtually all of them poorly studied. No one is ever really home alone. With this new iNaturalist project we now seek your help in recording the species in homes around the world. We suspect that in boldly studying basements, bedrooms and bathrooms that together we can make big new discoveries even before we open the front door.

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1) Sign up for a SciStarter account (click the Join button under the project picture, select the "join SciStarter" option, sign up, and you'll be redirected to this project's page on iNaturalist).
2) Sign up for an iNaturalist account
3) Add your iNaturalist username to your SciStarter profile by clicking "my account" on SciStarter and clicking "manage settings" on your SciStarter profile. Scroll down to the section titled "iNaturalist integration" and simply add your iNaturalist name there and click save. All of your iNaturalist observations for this project will be credited on your SciStarter dashboard!

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 Less than an hour
Tags arthropods, giant spiders of death and delight, house, indoor, insects, never home alone
Project Updated 08/15/2018