Workshop Teaches People About the Impact of Earthworms
Posted at: 09/30/2012 6:40 PM
| Updated at: 09/30/2012 10:53 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
A workshop was held near Lester Park in Duluth to teach the community about the impact of earthworms on the environment.
Great Lake Worm Watch held the demonstration at Moose Mountain Scientific and Natural Area on September 30. The event taught people how to survey worms in their area.
Program Coordinator Ryan Hueffmeier said earthworms are not native to the Great Lakes area and have changed the soil. He fears their spread will endanger native plants, and Hueffmeier wants the community to help contain them.
“Anyone can conduct science,” Hueffmeier said. It can be done. People are out there collecting authentic data that we use in our research.”
Hueffmeier said people have to simply record whether or not earthworms are in a specific location. That data will help his team protect areas that do not yet have a earthworm population.