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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Green Visions "Who had 'invasive jumping worms" for September?"

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It's still 2020, so of course we'd have a new invasive species in Minnesota, right?

Meet the "jumping worm,"  a slightly-hysterical creature that hatches early, grows fast, makes more little earthworms quickly, and can wreak havoc on your garden or anywhere it finds itself.

Jumping worms live in the top two or three inches of soil, and there can be so many, comsuming organic material so fast, that nothing can take root.

The Minnesota DNR even has a viideo of their impact you can watch.

Of course gardeners will be the first to know when the worms start popping up in the Northland, so there is a Jumping Worms Project that you can get involved in.

The steps are outlined below; just look for strange-acting worms and if you find any, put them against a plain background (like a piece of blank paper), shoot a photo, maybe a little video, and note the time, date and location of your observations, even if you don't find any.

How to become a Worm Ranger:

  •    Head out into your yard or to public parks.
  •    Inspect gardens, mulched, and composted areas.
  •         Pay attention to the top three inches of soil.
  •         Do you see soil that looks like coffee grounds?
  •         Do you see worms moving like snakes or thrashing around? Maybe a worm that lost its tail?
  •     Report your worm findings or lack of findings (we are interested in their absence as well) through the website.
  •     Repeat your observations in (can report on multiple locations) in 2020 and 2021.

For more information on efforts to track the jumping worm locally in the Duluth area, contact: boulder@d.umn.edu

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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