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Bay Area Ant Survey

Main Project Information
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:

Required Gear

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
Project Updated 05/23/2018