Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Building Pollinator Habitat in Towns and Cities: California Region

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, as she takes a closer look at the needs of pollinators in the California Region. Learn what plants pollinators need, how to provide nesting habitat, and what steps you can take to make change in your city.

Cover Crops, Herbs, and Cut Flowers for Pollination and Pest Management

Join this webinar as experts discuss which cover crops, herbs, and cut flowers best support pollinators, predators, parasitoids, and have extra value for culinary or ornamental use. 

Plants to Attract Wild Birds

Songbirds can be attracted to your yard by a diverse group of woody and non-woody plants and play an important role in seed dispersal.  Below is a listing of plants that attract wild birds.  Check with your local botanical garden or garden center before planting to make sure the plants are native to your locale and will grow well in your area.

9 Fabulous State Parks To Visit In Southern California

The Golden State is fortunate to be home to nine national parks, more than any other state in the U.S. But California also offers 280 state parks, the largest such system in the country. In combination, it could take a lifetime to explore all these places.

Plants for Birds

Bring more birds to your home with native plants

Wild ways: how readers have been helping wildlife in their gardens

From digging ponds to planting pollinators, Guardian readers have been bringing out the best in nature

Will Nature Go Mainstream in 2021?

5 ways the pandemic has shown us nature is everything

Birds: Competition for mates leads to a deeper voice than expected based on size

Competition for mates leads to a deeper voice than expected based on size.

California’s relationship with the animal kingdom is broken. Can it be fixed?

Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow examines the hardline politics, romantic notions of the West and intractable idealism that have made these problems harder to solve.

Plants can be larks or night owls just like us

Plants have the same variation in body clocks as that found in humans, according to new research that explores the genes governing circadian rhythms in plants.