19th (Saturday) we'll be hosting the Third Annual New Jersey Ant Together! This year's location list includes Allaire State Park, Turkey Swamp Park, and a section of the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area. Map
Please post down below if you plan on going or not. We'll exchange phone numbers through the PM system before hand to keep in touch via Text message. If we have to cancel due to weather... well I'll leave it in the hands of WeatherAnt when to reschedule because I'll be heading to Ants of the Southwest later that week.
We should try to meet at our first location, Allaire State Park between 8:30am and 9:00am. They have one main parking lot that is paved, I'm told, and multiple other locations that are not. There might be a $5 fee but I believe that's only for Memorial Day Weekend. We chose this location because we're looking for another population of Northern Fungus Farming Ants, Trachymyrmex septentrionalis. I'm told the soil consistency here is mostly sandy so that sounds right for them. Chances are somewhere in the 3,000 acres and 20 miles of trails we'll find something of interest.
4265 Atlantic Ave.
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
At some point we'll break for lunch, probably at a dinner or fast food. Then we'll check out the other two locations: Turkey Swamp Park for the Formica exsectoides mounds (assuming we haven't found another population of those too). And then our third spot right down the street from Six Flags Great Adventure where we found the Northern Fungus Farming Ants last year.
I'll be providing a cooler full of bottled water. Feel free to bring whatever you like. A small hand shovel is all that's require for digging. We won't be digging up colonies of anything but if we find queens feel free to collect. I'll be collecting specimens as I always do. Also remember we'll be out doors so dress for ticks, mosquito, and chiggers. They do make Tick repellant clothing, though usually you have to order it online. Also you shouldn't be picking up venomous snakes or messing with the wildlife.
Fun Fact: Only 1% of deer ticks actually carry Lyme disease. But it is common where present so take precaution.
Participants should at least be 18 and able to provide their own transportation. This is on par with a hiking trip.
Edited by MrILoveTheAnts, June 13 2014 - 1:34 PM.