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Ferns

Ferns control erosion, block weeds and help shelter other more favored plants

from rabbit and deer browse.

They provide cover and shelter for numerous small wildlife species

such as frogs, turtles, salamanders and birds.

 

Numerous species of insects curl the tips of the leaves to provide shelter for their young.

 

Songbirds use the leaves for nesting material, and several species of

moth larvae feed on the leaves.

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