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LA Spider Survey

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Goal Help scientist learn how urbanization affects spiders.
Task Spot, record, share sightings of spiders in Los Angeles
Where California United States

In order to conduct a large-scale survey of urban spiders, we need the help of the public. We are asking people to collect spiders in their homes and gardens, fill out a simple data sheet about their collection, and send or bring the spiders and forms to the Natural History Museum.

In spite of their importance and abundance, we do not know much about the spiders in Los Angeles. There are no truly large collections of urban spiders from this area, as most collectors concentrate on studying natural areas.

As an important international port, new species of spiders from various parts of the world are always being accidentally introduced into the Los Angeles area, and some of these have established breeding populations. We need to know how widespread these introduced species have become, and how they have interacted with the native spiders. Also, we want to know how urbanization and the loss of natural habitat has affected populations and distributions of naturally occurring spiders.

How to Join
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Required Gear

plastic container(s)
plastic spoon
gardening trowel
old white pillowcase
data sheet
small note card

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, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags at a science center, at home, conservation, insects, museum, nature & outdoors, on a hike, on a walk, run, spiders, zoo or aquarium
Project Updated 05/23/2018