Field Guide - Habitats

Worm Classifications | Sampling Methods | Habitats | Human Impacts | Forest Floor Litter

There are a number of different habitats where you may be looking for worms.  Some worm species prefer certain habitats over others, so knowing what type of habitat your sample comes from can help you to identify what type of worm it is and help to determine if there is anything unusual with your sample.

Forest: There are three types of forest that you may be taking your sample from.  Deciduous forests are made up of trees with leaves.  Coniferous forests are made up of trees with needles and cones.  Mixed wood forests are made up of both kinds of trees.

Mixed Forest Near Fort McMurray, AB
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Agriculture: Land where crops have been planted.

Alberta Canola Fields
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Grassland: Grassland is land made up primarily of grass with few shrubs or other types of plants.  It is sometimes also called a prairie or meadow.

Grasslands near Brooks, AB
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Shrub: Shrub land is land made up mainly of shrubs, but may also include grasses, herbs and other small plants.

Shrubland
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Wetland: A wetland is an area filled with water through all or part of the year and that contains aquatic plants and wildlife.

Prairie Pothole Wetland Aerial View
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Lawn: Grass planted outside a home, school or other building that is cut short is commonly referred to as a lawn.

Lawn
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Garden/Flower Bed: A plot of earth, often with exposed soil, that has been prepared so that flowers, vegetables and/or other plants can grow.

Garden
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Ditch: A ditch is a small hole or path dug out and meant to hold and/or channel water.

Forest Ditch
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