L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
Module - Nature Gardens and Lab at New NHM
Follow the Nature in L.A. blog to keep up on research, community science, and the latest urban nature stories from around the city, as told by NHMLA scientists who live and study in L.A.
Nature in L.A.
Module - Nature Gardens Blog
Join us as we use Los Angeles as a field site for science. Community Science Meetups are opportunities to participate in different projects for a single day, while working alongside participants, from beginners to professionals, with varied nature and science experiences. It is a team environment so all are welcome!
Module - Citizen Science Meet-ups
Follow these steps to become a real life ZomBee hunter!
*As you can imagine there are some (minor) dangers you should be aware of if you decide to become a ZomBee hunter. Always handle bees with caution, keep in mind that even weak and dying honey bees can still sting you. You wouldn't want to turn into a ZomBee, now would you?
There are three places you might find ZomBees! Under your porch light in the morning, under a street light at night, or stranded on sidewalks.
*Optional: You can also find ZomBees by making your own light trap by following the instructions in this tutorial.
Use a pair of tweezers or forceps to carefully place the suspected ZomBees into a container. Label each container with the date and location of your finding. Make sure you only have one container for each location.
Keep your containers in a secure place away from the sun. Check each sample periodically for fly larvae (maggots) and brown pill-shaped fly pupae. Take note of what you find. Go to our Collecting ZomBees section for more detailed instructions on monitoring your samples.
*Note: Please don't mail us your ZomBees! We are looking for your data (how many pupae and zombie flies came out of your ZomBees), and your photographs.
Go to the ZomBee Watch site to upload your photos and findings as soon as possible after you collect your samples.
*Note if this is your first time submitting to the ZomBee Watch site, you will need to create an account. Don't worry, it is quick and easy to do, and logged-in users can track their submissions.
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