Where is my spider?
|Goal||Track the distribution of spiders in space and over time|
|Task||Send pictures of spiders that you find|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
By just taking photos and observing spiders, you can help the Explorit Science Center learn about which climates certain spiders live in and track the distribution of spiders over time.
Join the Explorit’s Community Science Project by finding and recording spiders in your home or neighborhood (as many as you can!). Use your camera or smart phone to take a photo of the spider and submit it online to add to our geographical database.
Spiders have long been thought of a useful natural method of pest control, but how will expected temperature changes or other environmental changes affect the spider’s usefulness as pest-killers and their distribution?
We don't yet know how climate change will impact spiders, and in turn impact agriculture such as crops and farms- but when we understand where spiders are living today, we will be better able to predict what may happen to spiders and agriculture in the future.
|How to Join||
Please register first to get your personal CSP ID # www.explorit.org/csp/registration
Your personal information will never be shared and is kept private.
Visit our iNaturalist page and begin logging spider sightings (as many as you can!)
iNaturalist also has an app for your smartphone! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028
The Explorit Science Center will also be hosting many "Spider Search Parties" in 2013 in Yolo County California participants will see live examples of common (and not so common) spiders before setting out to find some on their own- If you are in the area please check our calendar for these fun events.
|App URL||https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android|
Camera or smart phone and computer access.
|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, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night|
|Tags||arachnid, arachnids, bugs, citizen, community, fun, insects, kids, project, science, spider, spiders|
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Looking for and photographing spiders while taking careful note of the surroundings is good citizen science. I have several observations already recorded in this project and encourage other people to join in.
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