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On the Trails: Spring has sprung

...And a new kid was recently born near there.Fern-leaf goldthread showed its delicate, spidery flowers in the forest understory. This plant can change the gender of its flowers from year to year: if it is hermaphroditic (both male and female...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-05-23/trails-spring-has-sprung
Outdoors
From the garden: Rites of spring

...butterfly wings. Pale green flakes of foliage catch the eye as the hazy, ticklish, delightful filling in of the forest understory sweeps into view. Fireweed sprouts its reddish lily-like fronds and golden thread's filigreed carpet begins...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2013-05-24/garden-rites-spring
Outdoors
Bridget Point is in full flower

...white-flowered three-leaved goldthread, closely related to the fern-leaved goldthread that is typical of forest understory. Looking at the flowers, you wouldn't see much similarity: Each long, narrow petal of the fern-leaved species...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/061106/out_20060611038.shtml
Outdoors
Saturday Wild to explore arboretum

...give a tour of the grounds as well as lead a short hike on the new Point Caroline trail to view native plants of the forest understory. Additionally, yellow-rumped warblers are a common species in Alaska that may be captured for the event. For...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/061810/out_655826172.shtml
outdoors
My turn: Negatives of high herbivore density

...population grew rapidly. The amount of vegetation in the forest understory on islands long browsed by deer is now about 1...herbivores affects the structure and composition of the forest understory. On Coronation Island, deer had depleted the understory...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/040907/opi_20070409001.shtml
Opinion
Autumn bits and pieces

...soon the pungent aroma of cranberry ketchup-making will fill my kitchen. Their pink and red leaves brighten the forest understory. Devil's club leaves make a fine yellow background for the bright red fruits. Brilliant scarlet dwarf dogwood...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100810/out_717574954.shtml
Outdoors
On the Trails: Red cedars

...big enough to escape the jaws of the first deer; these remain as relics of a former forest.Destruction of the forest understory has had strong negative effects on songbird abundance, particularly species that use the shrub layer of the forest...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2012-06-15/trailsred-cedars
Outdoors
Unwelcome invader

...across the U.S. on both the West and East coasts. In some areas of the country, garlic mustard has replaced forest understory vegetation almost completely, reducing biodiversity and preventing tree and shrub growth.Garlic mustard, known...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2011-05-05
Outdoors
Winter wrens sing by Windfall Lake

...winter wrens, they were met with cries of "Keep moving! Keep moving!" Winter wrens are a familiar denizen of the forest understory. A tiny (9 grams or about ? oz.) ball of dark brown feathers, usually with its tail cocked up, is often seen...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/072008/out_306890590.shtml
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