Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

California Quail

These plump birds are a treat to watch in the yard or local parks as they dash across open areas with comical precision, and they’re easy to attract to feeding areas as well.

New Year’s Resolution: Plant a tree

Winter is a good time to plant a tree. Winter rains will settle the soil around the roots, so that they are ready for growth in the spring.

Sierra Nevada Red Fox Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

n response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting one of North America’s rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Birds Are Important

Birds are important to us in ways we are only beginning to understand. Here are just a few ways that birds matter — not just to us, but to the world.

Garden Q & A – Floral Arrangements

CNPS Garden Q & A with Richard Hayden, Garden Director for the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto


Your real Christmas tree, completely cleaned of all tinsel, lights, and ornaments, can be recycled in all sorts of ways. 

Malibu wants to ban all pesticides. The state of California says that’s against the law

Earlier this month, the City Council approved a sweeping chemical ban that could pave the way for other coastal cities looking to protect wildlife by limiting toxicants.

Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening; Why it Matters; and How We All Can Help

Studies from across the world show that insects are declining. There is much we do not know, but we do know enough to take action now.

How to start gardening to encourage wildlife

To truly support wildlife, you need to provide food, water, shelter, and a space for the wildlife to raise young. Even a small balcony garden can become a haven for wildlife if you provide these essentials.

It’s ‘nature’s sports drink’: Ants live off urine on dry Australian island

Insects crave the urine of people, kangaroos, and other animals, likely to survive the island’s nutrient-scarce environment. They even prefer it to sugar water.