|Amanda Yarger (left) points to a data sheet|
(Photo by Richard Morgenstein)
By Amanda Yarger, TeenNat Intern
June 23, 2015
TeenNat is an internship program for teens offered by Pepperwood. Each week of this internship has a different emphasis. During one week of TeenNat, we researched redwoods and ferns. We were researching how ferns affect redwoods and how the ferns themselves are changing. Specifically, we were doing research on sword ferns. We were researching how the drought has affected the ferns and redwoods.
|Amanda takes a picture |
(photo by Richard Morgenstein)
|TeenNat interns in Pepperwood's redwood forest|
(photo by Deborah Zeirten)
Before I started working with the ferns, I knew nothing about them. Learning about ferns and how they affect the redwoods was a great experience. We were assigned random plots and we cataloged the ferns in each plot. We counted the number of ferns, their GPS location, and whether the fronds were fertile or infertile. Fronds are the leaves of the ferns. Because of the drought, we found that these fronds had been shorter than in past years. Not only that, but the number of fronds themselves had gone down. The most interesting thing however, was the decrease in spore count. The spores are called sori, and they are yellow or orange dots all over the fronds. Fronds that are not fertile do not have sori.
|Redwoods at Pepperwood (photo by Richard Morgenstein)|