Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

See thousands of swans Saturday near Farmington, Brigham City and Corinne

Humans aren’t the only species that need a pit stop during a road trip.

Keeping cats indoors could blunt adverse effects to wildlife

A new study shows that hunting by house cats can have big effects on local animal populations because they kill more prey, in a given area, than similar-sized wild predators. 

Monarchs on coast still face population crash

The recent counts of overwintering monarch butterflies on California’s coast, including at long-surveyed sites in Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Muir Beach, show that the western population of the species did not rebound from a crash last winter.

How to Make a Lasagna Garden

Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener.

South County Girl Scouts Earn Esteemed Gold Award

Five Local Gold Award Girl Scouts Develop Programs that are Making a Lasting Difference in the Community


Take a visual stroll through this unusual landscape to see what innovative designers achieve when faced with a huge arid site surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs.

Habitat California: Flora & Fauna Exhibition Assembles Contemporary Works Alongside Historic Paintings from Private Collections

The exhibition presents over 100 works of art in wide-ranging styles and media, including plein air landscape paintings, botanical drawings, and sculpture as well as installation art, video, film, and internet art. 

CDFW Seeks Artists to Enter Annual California Duck Stamp Art Contest

The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2020-2021 California Duck Stamp.


Discover six secrets for growing succulents successfully in your own garden


To create a safe habitat for wildlife, Descanso Gardens does not use pesticides or herbicides in the Gardens. In turn, these creatures increase the health of the Gardens by munching on pests, including insects and rodents.