Worm Hunters

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Our transect sampling area where we did our sample locations. Located in the mixed hardwoods near the swamp.

 

Have you tried multiple ways to try and get a lot of worms out of the ground? Worms live in the ground where they decompose dead animals and they get a lot of nutrients and supplements from it. Depending on the location, worms will come out of the ground when it rains.  We did a simple and easier way of hunting for worms. We used mustard mixed with water to get them out. Mustard is known to irritate worm’s skin and make them come quickly out of the ground. We looked for earth worms while we did this project because we know that there an invasive species here and there are a lot of them around us when were outside.

  We went out to the hardwoods and pinewoods on WCC campus  and we observed a lot of different things(sample area, surroundings,etc.) that were unusual and interesting to look at. One of our group’s observations was noticing all the frogs that came in a large amounts in the hardwoods. They were all over our feet and we had to watch where we stepped. Another thing that we observed was there were not as many worms in the pinewoods compared to the amount of worms in the hardwoods. Our averages were so far apart that we could tell that the hardwoods was a better place for worms to thrive and to live in. The average for the pinewoods was 9 per square meter. Also in the pinewoods, there were a couple places under the soil where the mustard solution did not soak in due to rocks.The hardwoods had a total of a total of 56 worms per meter squared. One question that we had while doing this experiment was why do worms come out of the ground when it rains a lot? My inference was that worms don’t like to come out of the soil when its wet. We used one gallon of the mustard solution per sample area, a square area plot, and a pan to keep the worms in so we could count them for our sample documentation. We had to do at least 4 samples per location and we noticed a big difference between each sample from the 2 locations were at. But for the most part, the hardwoods had more worms coming out of the ground due to the mustard solution compared to the pinewoods.

Overall I think that the project was fun and interesting because personally I learned a lot  of new things from it that we could take in reality and actually use them. One example that I found interesting was when Mr.Long told us that mustard in water irritates worm’s skin and causes them to come out of the ground. That caused me to actually go into the woods  and try it with my group. From that experience I thought that this project would be fun due to the objectives that we had to do. From the project, it helped me also get a better understanding of whats around us and how we can help to not disrupt nature.