Identifying Ferns the Easy Way book launch

12 Mar
May 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Brattleboro Museum
10 Vernon Street

How many times have you seen a group of ferns in your woods and wondered, “what species are those”?   Ferns are one of the many plants that dwell in our woods and create the natural habitats for wildlife.  Knowing more about the different types of ferns and how they affect the natural environment can help us be better stewards of our woods.

One problem in learning more about ferns is having a simple handy guide to help identify the ferns growing on your land.  Now Vermont forester Lynn Levine, working with illustrator Biony Morrow-Cribbs, has created just that: a handy guide to Northeast ferns that you can carry in your back pocket and use in the woods.

Levine and Morrow-Cribbs will discuss the evolution of their new 74-page book, Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast at a book launch at the Brattleboro Museum on Thursday, May 9th, at 7 p.m.

The evening will begin with a discussion about how this beautiful and easy-to-use fern guide was conceived and how Levine and Morrow-Cribbs collaborated. Morrow-Cribbs will demonstrate her process for creating the illustrations, and Levine will explain how to use this field guide. There will be ample time for questions.


For the last 40 years, Levine has been an environmental educator, tracker and a consulting forester to private landowners. She is the author of Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life Size Pocket Guide, Snow Secrets, and Is It Time, Yet? and co-author of Working with Your Woodland: A Landowner’s Guide, and Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide. 

Morrow-Cribbs is a Putney-based artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. She illustrated Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, followed two years later by Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects, both New York Times best sellers. Briony also illustrated a book of short stories edited by Neil Gaiman and created copperplate etchings for The Anarchist’s Design Book. Briony teaches printmaking, book arts, and drawing locally.


Copies of Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast will be available at a reduced launch price, and 25% of all book sales will be donated to the museum. Cards and prints will also be available for sale 

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