My name is Cynthia Yoder. I was hoping you could forward this email along to your group mailing list and anyone else you think may be interested. I will be sending this to other clubs and school systems as well.

I am a graduate student at the University of Akron studying jumping worm species (Amynthas spp.) and their effects on garden plants and other worm species. I’m also working on ways to reach out to people about them. I am conducting a field survey and looking for people to search their gardens, yards, or any other location they may want for earthworms. I’m hoping to identify Asian jumping worm hotspots.

I’m looking for volunteers to take a picture of any earthworm they find and submit it to, where there will be the option for a survey as well. I’ve attached a brochure about the project and how to identify European vs Asian earthworms. I’m including a small one-page information page as well.

Thank you for your time,


Cynthia Yoder

Integrated Bioscience Ph.D. Student

University of Akron



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