Jumping Worms—also known as crazy snake worms, Alabama jumpers, and Asian worms—seriously threaten the health of our Catskills forests. On December 7th, 2021 Catskill Mountainkeeper gathered experts to discuss how the life cycles of jumping worms differ from other common worms, as well as how they impact nutrient cycling, soil health, microhabitats, and our forests. The conversation also covered measures that we all can take to report jumping worm infestations and help prevent their spread. Our panelists included:
•Tim McCay, ecologist with Colgate University;
•Rebecca Pinder, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Studies Program at Columbia-Greene Community College; and
•John Thompson, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) Coordinator at the Catskill Center.
You can also find additional jumping worm resources, compiled by our expert panelists, here.
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