Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Portage Library to host family program on earthworms Aug. 17

HOUGHTON -- If you’ve ever wondered just what it is that earthworms do, come to the Portage Lake District Library and find out.

Erik Lilleskov will present "Earthworms: Not Just for the Birds" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT, Tuesday, Aug. 17. Participants will learn that earthworms are ecosystem engineers that have huge impacts on soils and the ecosystems they inhabit. They will also discover that earthworms are fun to learn about.

This family friendly program invites everyone to come and learn about earthworms that live in the Keweenaw. Participants will go outside and look for earthworms, practice identifying them, and build an earthworm home with which they can watch earthworms in action. They will also help build an earthworm home for the children’s area in the library.

Lilleskov is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service. He studies how organisms affect soil processes and is studying earthworm effects on forest ecosystems.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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