“Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.) are an invasive group of earthworms from Asia. They were officially confirmed in Wisconsin in 2013. Jumping worms can rapidly consume the leaf litter in forests, lead to the loss of soil nutrients, and out-compete other earthworm species. The jumping worm is also of growing concern to gardeners and homeowners who worry about potential damaging effects to their property. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Vermont, are conducting a survey to determine how extensively these earthworms have spread in the state.
We ask that you please complete the on-line jumping worm questionnaire to help us understand where these new species of earthworms have spread. We especially welcome your observations regarding changes in land cover and land use history in locations where these jumping worms have become abundant. This survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Thank you Laurie Yahr for making me aware of this survey.