Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Boo-tany Plant Trivia

Gather your friends and colleagues for a night of trivia all about California’s biodiverse plants and habitats! Join the Zoom session promptly to have a better chance of being crowned champion at the end of the night. 

Through the Lens: Backyard Biodiversity

Scott Logan has documented 400+ animal species in The Gottlieb Native Garden, Susan Gottlieb’s incredible home garden. Join Scott and Susan on this backyard odyssey with beautiful photographs and amazing footage.

New Video Series and Website help tell the story of California’s Vulnerable Species

Saving Species Together, a joint project between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Fisheries, illustrates how resource agencies, private landowners, non-profits and citizens have come together to help some of California’s vulnerable species. 

Genomic study reveals evolutionary secrets of banyan tree

The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout from branches and eventually reach the soil. The tree also has a unique relationship with a wasp that has coevolved with it and is the only insect that can pollinate it. In a new study, researchers identify regions in the banyan fig’s genome that promote the development of its unusual aerial roots and enhance its ability to signal its wasp pollinator.

CNPS Applauds Executive Order Accelerating Governor’s Commitment to Preserving Biodiversity

Sacramento – California is one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots, and today Gov. Newsom issued an Executive Order to coordinate intersectional efforts to protect species and habitats while achieving the state’s carbon neutrality goals.

Study: California crops that lack close native relatives require less pesticide

Persimmons, asparagus, figs and other crops distantly related to native California plants attract fewer pests and diseases than the closer kin, and thus receive fewer pesticide treatments, according to a newly published article by two UC Davis-linked scientists in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences. 

New video series and website help tell the story of vulnerable California species

According to a 2019 United Nations report on species extinction, an estimated one million animal and plant species worldwide are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history. 

Mobilizing your Community to Conserve Pollinators: An Introduction to Applying to Bee City USA

Join affiliates from across the country as they share their experiences helping their communities become affiliates of Bee City USA.

Biologists Attempt to Foster Orphaned Mountain Lion Kittens

Both Kittens Are Now Living at a Wildlife Sanctuary in Arizona

California Native Plant Society Zoom Speaker Series

Wednesday, October 14th, 7:00 PM  (virtually via Zoom)
Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change