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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 city of Los Angeles can be seen from many scenic view points in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Comprising 153,075 acres, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the world's largest urban national park. It has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26), including the notable 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills, than any other unit in the National Park System.