UPDATE: No more participants are being accepted, but you can check the site later for maps and results of their study.
The School of Ants project is a citizen-scientist driven study of the ants that live in urban areas, particularly around homes and schools. They asked teachers, students, parents, kids, junior-scientists, senior citizens and enthusiasts to help them collect ants in schoolyards and backyards using a standardized protocol. They plan to make detailed maps and post them online.
Participants could request a sampling kit and send in their ants. Once the samples have been identified, they can be viewed on the map.
Each kit consisted of 9 plastic vials, a data entry form and an instruction sheet. Four of the open vials (already loaded with cookie bait) were to be placed in green space (lawns, gardens, woods), and another 4 on paved space (asphalt, concrete, cobblestone) for one hour on a warm day to see what ants discovered the baits in this time frame. The 9th vial was for anything else participants might be itching to have identified by the expert team.
Funded by a National Science Foundation Grant