How to Know the Ferns
TO THE NAMES, HAUNTS, AND HABITS OF
OUR COMMON FERNS
Frances Theodora Parsons
Author of "How to Know the Wild Flowers,"
"According to Season," etc.
Marion Satterlee and Alice Josephine Smith
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
publication, six years ago, of "How to Know the Wild
Flowers," I have received such convincing testimony of
the eagerness of nature-lovers of all ages and
conditions to familiarize themselves with the
inhabitants of our woods and fields, and so many
assurances of the joy which such a familiarity affords,
that I have prepared this companion volume on "How to
Know the Ferns." It has been my experience that the
world of delight which opens before us when we are
admitted into some sort of intimacy with our companions
other than human is enlarged with each new society into
which we win our way.
strange that the abundance of ferns everywhere has not
aroused more curiosity as to their names, haunts, and
habits. Add to this abundance the incentive to their
study afforded by the fact that owing to the
comparatively small number of species we can familiarize
ourselves with a large[Pg
proportion of our native ferns during a single summer,
and it is still more surprising that so few efforts have
been made to bring them within easy reach of the public.
I wish to
acknowledge my indebtedness to the many books on our
native ferns which I have.................