Bay Area Ant Survey
|Goal||Understand the biodiversity of California's ants.|
|Task||Collect specimens and natural history information on ants.|
|Where||California United States|
The Bay Area Ant Survey is a citizen science program that gives the public a chance to participate in research by obtaining baseline data for ants living in local counties. The major goals of this scientific survey are to identify local species, chart native ant distributions, and provide baseline data to monitor the distribution of the invasive Argentine ant.
Participants collect ants and send their ant-filled vial and corresponding data sheet back to the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences. All specimens will be identified and entered in a database by an Academy entomologist. All results are then uploaded to AntWeb where the location and identification of the ants are made public. Your contribution becomes part of the scientific record!
|How to Join||
Citizens can participate by requesting an ant collecting kit from the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, located at 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, CA, 94118.
To rent a kit for the classroom, educators can attend one of two training sessions offered each year: http://www.calacademy.org/teachers/workshops
An ant collecting kit provided by the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences.
|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, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At sports stadiums|
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