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In addition to the Ants of the Southwest Class, the Ant Course is another great way to learn about ants.  It is being offered August 22 to September 1, 2018 in French Guiana at the Nouragues Field station. Seventeen lucky individuals will be chosen to attend.

Sponsored by California Academy of Sciences and Center for the study of biodiversity in Amazonia (CEBA), the Ant Course is intended to help both professionals and interested amateurs learn about identification, behavior, and ecology of ants.

It isn't offered every year. The last time was in 2015. You can see previous faculty and students by visiting the Ant Course yearbook.

If you'd like to apply, there's a link to a Google form towards the top of the page. You will need to complete the application by April 1, 2018, and be prepared to give the name of a reference when you fill it out.

Hop on over to the Ant Course website for full details.

If you have gone in the past, we'd love to hear from you how it was.

It's time again to start thinking which ant classes you're going to take this summer.

The American Museum of Natural History's Ants of the Southwest Class is being held August 12 through 21, 2018 at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona.

You might envision that Arizona is just a bunch of inhospitable cacti, but that's actually not the case. There's a diversity of plants in the area around Portal.

Plus, the cacti that do grow there have extrafloral nectaries, which make them attractive to ants.

It is also a fantastic place to study many different kinds of ants. We have honeypot ants, army ants, leafcutter ants, bigheaded ants, and harvester ants, to name just a few. It's an awesome area for anyone interested in biology to explore.

What does the course cover? Among other things, students will be given the opportunity to study behavior and communication in ants, learn how to keep ant colonies in the laboratory, make an ant reference collection, and learn some photography techniques.

Cost: Tuition is still $1206 (includes room and board).

If you are interested, you will need to fill out the application form at the course website by July 1, 2018. You will be notified if you are accepted, at which time you'll need to pay the fees.

Note:  We also posted information about another ant class, the California Academy of Sciences Ant Course.

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Want to learn more about ants?  Sign up for the American Museum of Natural History's Ants of the Southwest class to be held August 9 through 18, 2017 at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona.

This class is a golden opportunity because Arizona is a fantastic place to study ants, largely due to the unique and diverse habitats found here. In addition honeypot ants like the one in the photograph, we have more than 350 different species.

What does the course cover? Among other things, students will be given the opportunity to study behavior and communication in ants, learn how to keep ant colonies in the laboratory, make an ant reference collection, and learn some photography techniques.

Cost:  Tuition is $1206 (includes room and board).

If you are interested, you will need to fill out the application form at the course website by July 1, 2017.

Note:  Another ant class, the California Academy of Sciences Ant Course, is not being held this year.

Have you taken this course? Leave us a comment to let us know about your experiences.

Couldn't go to the 2015 Ant Course this summer in Portal, Arizona?

You can get a taste of what you missed with three videos in a playlist. The first video gives an overview of the course and the site, the second shows some cool interactions between army ants and their prey, and the third shows field researchers a mark-recapture method for estimating numbers of foragers in a given colony.

 

Next year the Ant Course is off to Mozambique (more about that in an upcoming post). Hopefully it will be back in Arizona soon.