Saturday, July 23, 2022

Rangers Wanted

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Biodiversity, Nature, Wildlfe, Sustainability, Global Change, Invasive Species

Ed Hessler

Citizen scientists are wanted by the Jumping Worms Project, UMN.

Interesting to think that Minnesota ever had earthworms before European settlement. This means that after the glaciers, Minnesota ecosystems developed without them. All of the terrestrial earthworms are non-native, invasive species.

If you are interested in helping document the presence/absence of the latest invasive which represent a profound threat to managed and wild landscapes you can learn more here. And here is a FOX9 news report with a link to the Minnesota DNR's website dedicated to jumping worms which also tells you can help by checking bait and gardening compost. Since plants are frequently given by neighbors after managing their own gardens, check the soil they are in, too.

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