Monday, 19 November 2012

Subterranean Wigglers:  Earthworms!

The Spark:
Welcome to the subterranean world of wiggling worms.  The earthworm is one of the simplest of living species.  It has no eyes, no ears, no legs, no face, and no limbs of any kind.  Yet, according to Charles Darwin, no living thing has had such a profound impact on history as has the earthworm.  The humble earthworm ranked as the number one most robust, enduring, and environmentally beneficial creatures of all time.  Agriculturally based human civilizations could never have emerged without the constant ploughing and recycling of these subterranean wigglers.  The tiny tunnels created when worms burrow into the dirt (they're actually eating the dirt as they go!) help the roots of plants get more nutrients, air, and water.  Even the worm's manure, called castings, is beneficial: it's a great soil fertilizer.

Just because earthworms are simple doesn't mean they're any less interesting.  You don't need to use your imagination.  You don't need to look for something to help you while the hours away.  This amazing unexplored world is just outside your door, right now.  So get out there!   

You don't need to get down in the dirt and under the earth in order to immerse yourself in this subterranean world.  Even though we always encourage exploring the living world in it's own habitat, we will show you how to build a worm observatory, a.k.a you own worm zoo.  So, let's start our quest to become an explorer of these awesome zoological specimens.  

Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Let's build a worm zoo in order to explore, and tune into the subterranean world of wiggly worms.  Start your quest to find out more.  Your quest begins with the question WHY?  

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To find out how one of the lowliest of creatures could have such an important ecological role.
What:  To turn over stones and find worms, collect them without harming them, place them in our worm zoo for no more than a few weeks in order to observe them, to return them where we found them.
Where:  Your backyard, park, grassland, wood lot or any green space.
When:  As soon as you can get yourself organized and before the first frost
How:  Find out how below.  It's a S.N.C.H.!  Or is it?

Take Action:
Start Your Zoo

A clean pop bottle
Sand an dirt
Layer the sand and the dirt making sure the layers of sand are smaller
Place a bag or cover the sides of the bottle to make it dark

Remove the bag after a few days to see what has happened

About Worms

Don't Stop Here: 
Keep on researching and exploring worms.  Who knows, it may turn out to be one of your passions in life.  And remember, if you have a hunch about something just send us an email and we'll do our best to give it a whirl and get back to you.

Quest Check:
We are very interested in keeping you interested on your quest to find out more.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.  

1 comment:

  1. Page at Darwin Online about his work on worms and versions of his book to download: