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    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Citizen Science Spider Survey Comes to the Santa Monica Mountains

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Date: February 18, 2010
Contact: Lauren Newman, 805-370-2343

(Thousand Oaks, CA) On Saturday, February 20, at 2 pm, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will present a lecture by Jan Kempf of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.  If you find yourself running from house spiders, dodging spider webs on the trail, or enjoy studying and learning about the many different spider species that live in the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Angeles, this lecture is for you. 

The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum has been engaged in a spider survey in the greater Los Angeles area for several years, relying on trained researchers and citizen scientists to identify and catalogue spider species.  In the last year, the spider survey has broadened to include the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

Audience members can expect to hear updates about the Brown Widow, a recent arrival to the Los Angeles region.  Participants will also gain insights into spider biology and behavior, discover which spiders are most likely to be seen on local trails, and find out how to lend a hand as a citizen scientist in the spider survey.  There may even be live spider specimens…in plastic containers, of course. 


Directions: The National Park Service Visitor Center is located on 401 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, California.

Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.