|Spend the time||outdoors|
|Appropriate for kids||yes|
You will need the following materials to conduct surveys:
--Ground yellow mustard powder
--Plastic or aluminum collection trays
--Wood or aluminum frame (33cm x 33cm)
Other handy items include a clipboard, gallon sized ziplocks, pencils and markers, and rain gear.
For more information about these supplies, visit http://greatlakeswormwatch.org/team/supplies.html
Great Lakes Worm Watch
|Help researchers map earthworm distribution and species richness|
|Conduct earthworm surveys.|
The Great Lakes Worm Watch needs citizen scientists to conduct earthworm surveys in forests and other habitats anywhere in North America.
Earthworms are not native to the Great Lakes Region; they were all wiped out after the last glaciation. The current population, brought here by early Europeans, is slowly changing the face of our native forests, but very little is known about the distributions of earthworm and earthworm species across the region. While valuable, this type of information is labor-intensive, and it is difficult for researchers to get funding to do this kind of work. Citizen scientists can help.
There are several ways to get involved:
Get started! Anyone can make a BIG difference when it comes to containing the spread of exotic earthworms!