Environmental News

A curated set of environmental news stories brought to you by the Gottlieb Native Garden team.


Diane Shader Smith

Animal Profiles

Los Angeles is a densely packed metropolis with a population of over 10 million in an area of over 4700 square miles.  As people flock to the area for its beautiful beaches, phenomenal weather and scenic landscapes, they come in greater and greater contact with animals, having a deleterious effect on wildlife.

Digital Science Saturday — Magnificent Monarchs

Let’s celebrate the return of Pacific Grove’s monarch butterfly population during Science Saturday Magnificent Monarchs. Get an up close view of live butterflies, follow their migration, and learn how to garden with butterflies in mind.

Researchers are trying to save a vulnerable California frog species using cutting-edge AI

A landfill isn’t exactly the most romantic location. But behind the mounds of garbage in Santa Cruz, California, a stagnant pond has the ambiance that one amphibian needs to get in the mood.

Arctic Wildlife Are Shifting Their Behaviors Due to Climate Change

The new, collaborative data archive tracks nearly 100 species over the last three decades

On Birds and Belonging

Growing up in the Philippines, Justine Villanueva shares her journey of leaving her homeland and healing her belonging through decolonization, learning to dwell, and connecting to birds.

As crises collide, can California meet its climate goals?

Against a backdrop of rising environmental anxiety, with wildfires lasting longer, spreading further and damaging more acreage and communities than ever before, the pandemic triggered a sharp recession and spike in unemployment. 

An Indigenous Effort to Return Condors to the Pacific Northwest Nears Its Goal

The Yurok Tribe plans to soon reintroduce North America’s largest bird to northern California, where the raptor hasn’t soared for a century.

New Tea Tree Oil Fungicide Becomes Available for California Growers

A new tea tree oil fungicide is now available to California growers after hitting the market a few weeks ago. Summit Agro’s Timerex Act was officially registered in California in the middle of October.  The new fungicide is available for a variety of different crops. Summit Agro Field R&D Manager, Eric Tedford said that it is a pretty unique chemistry that can offer a variety of benefits.

Hardcore Natural History Series — Small But Mighty: Monarch Butterfly Migration and Overwintering with Jessica Griffiths

Every fall, thousands of monarch butterflies migrate to Monterey County from all across the western United States to spend the winter clustering together at special overwintering sites. But how do they get here?

To save threatened plants and animals, restore habitat on farms, ranches and other working lands

Restoring native habitats to at least 20% of the world’s land currently being used by humans for farming, ranching and forestry is necessary to protect biodiversity and slow species loss, according to a newly published study conducted by a team of environmental scientists including us.