School of Ants
|Goal||Document the diversity, distribution, and diet of ants.|
|Task||Sample ants in your area.|
School of Ants
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.
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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|
|Tags||ants, biodiversity, bugs, entomology, insects, students discover|
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salbury 12/15/2016Very simple traps are used to capture ants. Provides information on identifying the ants.
pamela 12/15/2016Really fun and easy to do with young kids!
junejan 12/15/2016Implements all aspects of scientific thinking and ongoing enthusiasm.
joannhoy 12/15/2016I excited to try this in school. It will be easy to do and kids will really enjoy it.
Debra (sunny) Turner 12/15/2016Will research ants and collect specimens in surrounding areas Have students collect ants around their homes to give them ownership in the project and a better understanding of their environment they live in.Send off specimens for analysis a. identification of species b.Map their biodiversity are the U.S.
carolyn.santangelo 12/15/2016ants can bite and some kids are allergic soo....
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