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!
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!
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’).
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.