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Date published: December 18, 2000

Christmasberry - Bah Humbug And a Seasonal "DON'T" This Time of Year

Originating along riverbanks in Brazil a plant called Christmasberry, or Brazilian peppertree, is used to deck halls and homes in this holiday time of year. Earlier this month, Christmasberry was even offered for sale at a "swap-meet" in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, where it was labeled "Maui mistletoe."

Date published: December 7, 2000

A Bird of A Different Feather: DNA Research Reveals New Bird Species in Colorado

Neither a tree-dweller nor a night bird, and roughly the size of a chicken, the Gunnison sage-grouse is not a particularly secretive bird yet just recently has it been identified as a new species of bird. 

Date published: December 7, 2000

Earthquake Shakes Evansville Area

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.9 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred about 5 miles west of Evansville, Indiana at 8:08 am local time (Central Standard Time). The earthquake was felt in parts of southern Indiana and western Kentucky. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

Date published: December 7, 2000

USGS Research Finds that Contaminants May Play an Important Role in California Amphibian Declines

Scientists have confirmed that agricultural contaminants may be an important factor in amphibian declines in California.

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