Great Lakes Worm Watch

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Commonly Asked Questions

What habitats are we interested in getting data from?

In addition to earthworm occurrences, we are interested n getting data about the habitats in which you sampled for earthworms. Great Lakes Worm Watch would like data from all habitat types, especially natural ecosystems including forests, woodlands, and prairies. However, data from habitats dominated by human activity are also of value, such as farm fields, pastures, and parks. Depending on your level of interest and expertise, you can choose to conduct a general or detailed habitat survey. You can use the instructions and data sheets we have developed to make the data easily transferable to our database!

View or download instructions for conducting habitat surveys.

What other kinds of data are we interested in getting?

In addition to earthworm and habitat data, Great Lakes Worm Watch is also interested in getting data about the soil conditions at sites in which you sampled for earthworms. You can use the instructions and data sheets we have developed to make the data easily transferable to our database!

View or download instructions for conducting soil surveys.

Want to do a study of your own?

The interlinking nature of earthworm invasions makes our studies a very interesting for people who wish to develop studies of their own, but if you want to do something different than our set GLWW studies (but still associated with the ecology of earthworm invasions), we have lists of other ecological methods that may be useful for people wanting to test alternative hypothesis (see ‘Resources for Educators’).

The GLWW website also provides methods of sampling soils and vegetation that may be of interest to you:
Sampling trees
Sampling plants
Sampling soils

How can we become a Great Lakes Worm Watch partner organization?

Great Lakes Worm Watch is always looking for new partners interested in establishing an earthworm monitoring program or hosting training workshops for educators and natural resource professionals in their area.

Contact us if your organization is interesting in becoming a Great Lakes Worm Watch partner organization.

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