Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

How Californians Are Weaponizing Environmental Law

And how to fix it.

A Famous Wildflower Hotline Is Back to Add Zing to Spring

Follow this path to the hotline page now, and get all of the information you need to find dazzling displays, be they big and bloomful or small and stunning, during the spring of 2021. And that hotline voice you hear? It’s Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano, “the Voice of the Wild Flower Hotline.”

Something is killing California’s songbirds

Officials are urging people to take down their feeders, where birds are congregating and spreading a bacterial infection.


In recent years, the number of monarch butterflies has been declining steeply. But you can invite them back into your garden by planting the right kind of native plants and using the correct gardening techniques. 

Point Loma Native Plant Garden a quiet, hidden gem

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, the two-plus acre Point Loma Native Plant Garden is a neighborhood prize and a hidden gem.

Pen in Hand: Deergrass: a beautiful California native that is woven into our history

For thousands of years, a beautiful and hardy species of bunchgrass grew in small meadows in the mountains and foothills of California, including in the Tehachapi Mountains. 

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Garden’s 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.

Winter Speaker Series – DIY: How to Improve Human and Wildlife Coexistence as we Explore our Great Outdoors

As we head out boating, hiking, skiing, biking, sledding, and off-roading, what can it mean for moose and mountain goats, bears and beavers, wolverines and waterfowl if we boldly go everywhere, anytime, and by any means?

Thousands of native plants placed near Sacramento River

The organization River Partners teamed up with California State Parks and Butte County Resource Conservation District on Thursday to host a flood plain restoration and reforestation event.

Natural History & Care of Popular Houseplants

Explore the ecology, evolution, and care of some popular houseplants at this special event for our UCLA Botanical Garden Members!