Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Managing the Pests in Your Garden

Join Xerces’ Pesticide Program Director, Aimee Code and Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Emily May as they offer simple pest management tips for your garden.

Don’t Blame the Bats

In a new study, scientists assembled a dataset of the 142 known viruses that spill over from animals to humans and the species implicated as potential hosts.

Marine Heatwaves Can Scatter Ocean Wildlife More Than a Thousand Miles

A new study finds that these extreme events at sea can rapidly redistribute habitats and animals, including fish and seabirds.

Moving Beyond Flowers: Natural Nesting Habitat for Bees and other Insects

Flowers, alone, aren’t enough to meet the basic needs of pollinators. In order to help insects to build and sustain successful populations in our residential and developed landscapes.

Great American Outdoors Act Will Benefit Birds, People, and Parks across California

With approval from Congress, the Great American Outdoors Act goes to the president to sign.

A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Birds Into Electronic Music

An international collective of electronic music DJs and composers is taking beats from the dance club to jungles and forests and back, all to help save nature’s greatest singers. 

Gardening with Native Plants: Learn From our Mistakes — and our Successes!

Gardeners can contribute significantly to pollinator conservation efforts by growing native plants in their yards and communities. Join Xerces biologists as they share some of their gardening pitfalls and the lessons they’ve learned from them.

Discovery of a Rare Plant Through Remnant Prairie Restoration

In the absence of management, trees and shrubs have invaded the remnant prairies, causing each to suffer and become less diverse. 

The Right to Go Outside: An Interview with Cris Sarabia

Sarabia wants to change the experience of his urban neighbors, starting with whatever patch of land is in front of him.

Collaborative Partnership Results in First Ever Release of 115 Zoo-Reared Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs into National Forest in California

Recently, 115 Foothill yellow-legged frogs, hailing from the Oakland Zoo, called the Plumas National Forest their new home. Little did these frogs know they were the part of a historical conservation moment – the first ever population of captive-reared Foothill yellow-legged frogs released into the wild.