Worming Week Wiggles In

By KBJR News 1

September 25, 2011 Updated Sep 25, 2011 at 9:42 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -Educating the public on the impact of earthworms in the Great Lakes Region is exactly what Great Lakes Worm Watch intends to do.

The group is hosting the 4th annual Big Worming Week, which started today and will run through October 2nd.

Things kicked off today in the Hartley Nature Center where Worm Watch staff taught the public how to sample plots and collect valuable data on this slimy invader.

"The earthworms that we have now have all come from Europe over the last couple hundred years, and our native forests have developed since those 10,000 plus years since the ice age-or since the glaciation-their own processes of how they germinate, how they grow," said program coordinator Ryan Heuffmeier.

If you would like to learn how to help collect data, contact greatlakeswormwatch.com.