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Are you looking for a way to learn more about ants? Check out the upcoming Ants of the Southwest class to be held this summer at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona.

When:  July 17-26, 2013

Wouldn't it be great to hang out with ant researchers like Gordon Snelling, Michele Lanan, Terry McGlynn, Anna Dornhaus, Kimberly Franklin, Howard Topoff and others?

The class is meant to complement the California Academy Ant Class, which is going to be in Peru this year. Topics covered will include ways to assess ant biodiversity, methods for keeping ant colonies in the lab, collective behavior, communication and field ecology of ants, as well as photography techniques (I could really use that!) Students will also be making their own ant collection to learn taxonomy and systematics.

You cover your own transportation costs and $1300 for tuition (includes room and board).

If you are interested in this class, you will need to fill out the application form at the course website by May 3, 2013.

Let us know if you decide to go.

And a big thank you to Ann for bringing this class to my attention!


Looking for that special gift for someone who is crazy about ants? Why not send them to the Ant Course 2013?

This year the ant course is going to be held August 4-15, 2013 at the Villa Carmen Biological Station, Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru.

(Rainforest View by George GrimmHowell from Public Domain Pictures)

Rainforest! According to the website, there are a variety of habitats including old growth rainforest!

What kinds of ants might you encounter?

and many, many more.

Ready to go?

Although the course is open to everyone, priority will be given to students. Check Ant Course 2013 for details.

Deadline:  April 1, 2013

Edit: Alex Wild now has an online identification guide to some common ants you will encounter.


Somehow wouldn't you think the Ant Course 2011 at South Western Research Station in Portal, AZ would be a a bit more serious than this?

The information for the  2012 Ant Course is already up at the California Academy of Sciences website. It will be 2012 August 6-16, at the Makerere University Biological Field Station in Kibale Forest, Uganda. Time to start working on your passport. 🙂

Happy 2011!

Are you making resolutions and setting goals for the New Year? Thinking of polishing up your ant taxonomy skills? You might want to consider adding the California Academy of Science's Ant Course 2011. You can bet it is on my wish list!

This year the ant course is being held August 4 - 14, 2011 at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, AZ, USA.

California Academy of Sciences offers an ant course every year in different locations. According to the website, it is open to all interested individuals. Because space is limited to 30 students, however, priority given to students with who need the course for their research. I wonder if ant bloggers are invited to hang out? 🙂

You'll need to make up your mind by April 1, 2011, which is the application deadline.

If you are unsure, take a look at the instructor list from last year. Wow!