Crazy Worm (Amynthas agrestis) is an invasive earthworm native to East Asia. This active and damaging pest was found in Wisconsin in 2013. It is known and sold under a variety of common names including Crazy Worms, Alabama Jumpers and Snake Worms; and the name speaks for itself! They act crazy, jump and thrash when handled, and behave more like a threatened snake than a worm. Crazy worms reproduce easily. They are asexual and mature in just 60 days, so each year can have two hatches. Their potential spread and introduction into the Great Lakes region and North America poses an enormous threat to our forests and native ecosystems. Charles Darwin loved worms because he knew their tenacity to survive, spread, adapt and prosper was unrelenting. Gardeners and everyone else love worms because they simply don't know any better.
Join Bernie Williams, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources; and Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network as they present on this important stewardship topic.
Bernie Williams - Bernie is an Invasive Species Specialist in Forest Health for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She has worked for the DNR for the past 6 year's on terrestrial invasive species and their effects on forest ecosystems. Her first love has always been worms and then plants, and that she works with both only makes her job all the better.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.