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UW-Madison Ecologist to Speak About Jumping Worms


February 27, 2020

Have you heard about jumping worms? Do you know how to identify them? Are they in your soil and how did you get them? How can you control them?

For answers to these questions and more, plan to attend the Green County Master Gardeners monthly meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., at the Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th Street, Monroe, in the Multi-Purpose Rooms.

This month’s meeting will feature Bradley Herrick, Ecologist from the UW-Madison Arboretum. Herrick works with the UW-Madison Arboretum where he has been the Ecologist and Research Program Manager since 2007. His research and outreach interests include plant ecology and invasion biology with a recent focus on the invasion dynamics of jumping worms. Herrick has been studying the jumping worms, named for their characteristic thrashing when disturbed, since they were spotted in Wisconsin for the first time in Arboretum forests in 2013. Herrick has been a featured speaker on Wisconsin Public Radio regarding this topic for several years. He continues to do research on the jumping worms to study their characteristics and learn more about controlling them.

The Green County Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association was formed in Green County in 2004 to provide Master Gardeners with opportunities for professional development and community service. This past year, members of the association volunteered 1,475 hours of community education and community service projects in Green County. Master Gardener Volunteers also assist the Extension Green County office in responding to horticulture questions.

The Green County Master Gardeners Association meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from February through October. Association officers for 2020 will include Tamara Schulte, President; Sharon Adams, Vice President; Linda Boll, Secretary; and Lynn Lokken, Treasurer. Anyone interested in horticulture and gardening is welcome to join the association and you do not have to be a Master Gardener to be a member. For more information on the Extension Master Gardener program contact Jackie McCarville, Extension Green County, at (608) 328-9440.


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