Wicked Worms

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This is a picture taken a few seconds after we put the liquid-mustard extraction, the worm made its self a whole and  is attempting to escape.


Slimy, brainless…and dangerous? Growing up, most of us were told that worms are good for the soil, which is true, but only for gardens, in gardens they eat organic matter which is good for the soil. Over the past few weeks, our class has been learning about the effects worms have in forests, I was very surprised when I learned that worms are bad for forests and that they are an invasive species. Our class was interested in seeing which area had a greater worm density. Then we got into groups and went to the WCC Pinewoods to a trail near a pond to test that using liquid-mustard extraction, which is an extraction that is put on worms to irritate their skin and let them come out of the soil. Continue reading

Antagonizing Worms for Science

On a hot spring day, a group of my classmates and I stepped outside  Each of us had some materials in hand, and I thought to myself that this was gonna be such a drag. The weather was very hot and humid, and the study plot was relatively far away. Honestly, what could be so important about field science to have an entire class dedicated to it? At least that was what I thought before we began to conduct our field study.

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One of the larger worms we found in the Hardwoods.

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The Bowl: Good for Lunch, Not for Worm-Catching

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“The Bowl” on WCC Campus

Over these past few weeks, our science class had broken into groups and performed an experiment designed to catch and count worms. The goal of this experiment was to compare the worm population at two different spots on the WCC campus. We chose The Pinewoods and The Bowl for our two sampling spots. One area worked and one didn’t. Continue reading

Where on Earth are the Worms?

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Picture of worms extracted from the field.

“Careful! Watch out for lightning.” These were that last words you got from your teacher before you went outside to do your experiment. You want to find out if worms are most commonly found in a hardwoods forest or a patch of lawn on a field on the WCC campus, but guess what? It starts to rain. You know from prior knowledge that worms like moist soil but, like you were supposed to, you do the experiment anyway. The problem is that the rain was only spread on to the field and not the area where you were in the hardwoods. The different areas can have different events affect their worm quantity. Continue reading

Oh, those wonderful worms! Or are they?

Usually, when one thinks of worms, they may think of squirmy slimy  invertebrates best kept away from them, and in the ground, where they are helpful and good. It’s easy to see where that last idea comes from. I mean, they help to cycle the nutrients though the soil; decompose organic matter, leaving incredibly nutrient-filled droppings; and make it easier for air and water to penetrate the soil. So of course worms are good, right? Continue reading

The Rogue Devourers of Ecosystems

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A photo of my group and I collecting worms for our experiment in Field Science class.

A large worm squirms around close to the surface of the uneven layer of soil while tall, bright green spires of grass reach high, obscuring the surfacing invertebrate from view. Many people can recall seeing something like this. Most would also say that these slimy organisms are key decomposers to an ecosystem, offering vital nutrients to the soil that help support the autotrophs that live within it, but not all is as it appears. As a matter of fact, foreign earthworms may be as harmful to an ecosystem as its relative, the tapeworm, is harmful to our body. Continue reading