Watching Worms on Sunday

Courtesy U. of Wisc.

Courtesy U. of Wisc.

I appreciate all the positive comments on the “Eating Worms on Earth Day” post. Consider this a follow-up.

The family and I got up a little early this morning, because we were slated to pass out reusable shopping bags at church as part of Earth Day.

When I opened the garage, I noticed some of the floor and all of the driveway was full of worms. The smell of them was in the air.

A particularly long earthworm was making its way across the garage floor, trapped in a pool of water from which it couldn’t escape.

Of course, the kids were excited to see all the worms, which came out after a rainstorm the day before. The girls picked up a couple and dropped them in the compost bin.

And one of the girls asked me, “Dad, why do worms come out after it rains?”

Well, in case you’ve forgotten, it’s because worms breath through their skin. When the soil gets wet, they come out gasping for air.

Sidewalks and driveways and streets seem to be a good place to dry out. But often, the worms are smooshed by cars and sneakers or snapped up by birds before they make it back to their burrows.

Many worms get lost and dry up (crunchy) before they make it back to the soil. has more, including a graphic and this factoid: There can be as many as 1 million earthworms beneath one acre of soil.

Happy Spring.

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