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A South Australian study, collecting data about spider species and participants’ attitudes towards spiders.

Operation Spider

Operation Spider is a large-scale, community-based study of spiders in South Australia, collecting data about spider species, how people manage spiders, and participants’ attitudes towards spiders. The aims of Operation Spider are to: engage the public with local wildlife; increase awareness of the ecological roles and economic importance of spiders; collect data on spider distributions; collect data on people’s attitudes towards spiders; and to feed knowledge back to the community. South Australians can participate in a number of ways, including a community survey and questionnaire (through October 13th, 2010), through a broad range of educational materials for primary and middle school classes, and a poetry competition.

Operation Spider also has resources on facebook and YouTube.

Operation Spider was preceded by Operation Bluetongue (2007), Operation Possum (2008), and Operation Magpie (2009).

 

Keywords:

Topic – spider, invertebrate, management, attitudes

Audience - general audience, schools

Location - South Australia

Goals - conservation, education, sustainability

 

 

Collaborators:

Barbara Hardy Centre, University of South Australia

891 ABC Adelaide

South Australia Museum

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

 

Contacts:

Philip Roetman, Researcher  email Philip

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