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School of Ants

Main Project Information
Goal Document the diversity, distribution, and diet of ants.
Task Sample ants in your area.
Where Australia
School of Ants
Description

School of Ants Australia aims to document the diversity, distribution and diet preferences of Australia?s dominant ground foraging ants; those ubiquitous little black ants that infiltrate homes, backyards, parks and schools.

Uncover a world of ants at your own feet, in your backyard, school or park. By becoming a citizen scientist you can help us locate damaging invasive species, compare and contrast species of common little black ants across the country, and add important records to our understanding of ant biodiversity. Records like this are crucial in our understanding of how the ranges of organisms change with our changing climate and landscapes.

Ants are ubiquitous in Australia. They occupy every habitat and landscape across all States and Territories (excluding Antarctica). Their sensitivity to disturbances of many sorts means they can be used as bioindicators of landscape health, reforestation and mine site recovery. They are important predators, pest controllers and soil engineers, but can also become pests themselves.

Ants also move around with humans all the time, so finding out what ants are where can help us pinpoint problem ants before they cause problems for humans, our environment or agriculture in Australia. The Red Imported Fire Ant, the Yellow Crazy Ant, Electric Ant and the Argentine Ant are examples of introduced ants that have become problematic.

How to Join

It?s easy to be a citizen scientist. See our intro video for information on the project set up and data collection. There are 3 main steps involved?..

Teachers: Find teaching materials here
http://www.schoolofants.net.au/for-teachers/

Website http://schoolofants.net.au/
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At school, At home
Class Materials http://studentsdiscover.org/teaching-modules/ant-picnic/
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags ants, biodiversity, bugs, entomology, insects, students discover
Project Updated 02/27/2017