Spiders and Their Relatives

What appears to be many spider hatchlings emerging from an egg sac.
A close-up of a wispy sticky spider web around and in between the long tall leaves of a green plant.

This course will not be held in 2019

This workshop is designed for students, nature enthusiasts, biologists and anyone who wants to learn about this important, but much maligned arthropod group. The emphasis of this workshop will be on spider field identification, taxonomy, ecology and behavior, utilizing the rich and intensively studied spider fauna found in the Chiricahua Mountain area of southeastern Arizona. We will also hunt for other arachnids frequenting the area including scorpions, solpugids and whip scorpions.

Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling and observation techniques, as well as, opportunities for specimen and data collection. Both on field trips and in the lab, participants will gain hands on experience in the experimental techniques utilized in the study of spider behavior and ecology. Instruction on specimen identification, preservation and labeling will take place in the lab, which will be available for participant use throughout the course. Formal lectures will be kept to a minimum, but we will gather together for frequent short discussions and help sessions.

Participants in the workshop will have ample time to collect data and/or perform short experiments in the field or in the lab on questions that interest them. Participants may choose to work alone or in groups on these mini-projects, some of which may be assigned as ‘challenges’ to be completed  during the course of a field trip. Each participant will share the results of the their investigations in a final evening get together and will leave the course with a small spider collection they have created.

Preferred methods of payment

Personal check, traveler's checks, certified check, or money order, made payable to SWRS. If you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, traveler's checks, or money order with your credit card. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Otherwise, call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.

If you reside outside the United States, please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in the net amount of your fees in U.S. Dollars. As above, if you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, money order, traveler's checks, or arrange a bank transfer with your credit card. Please contact the Station to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS. 

Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) and the SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we will send out email addresses so that participants can contact each other to carpool to and from the station.

Medium wide shot of five people in a forest clearing near a tree stump. One woman hold a specimen-collecting net.