Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Why insect populations are plummeting—and why it matters

Monarch butterflies winter in the Chincua Mountains in Mexico, and like many other insects, they have declined due to land-use changes.

How will sea life adapt to climate change? Grunion might show us clues, says new CSU Long Beach study

Grunion, the little fish that come to shore to spawn along Southern California beaches, may hold clues as to how sea life will adapt to the effects of climate change on the ocean, according to a new study from California State University, Long Beach.

Certify Your Habitat to Help Wildlife!

Creating a wildlife habitat garden to attract birds, butterflies, and other neighborhood wildlife is fun, rewarding, and makes a big difference. It’s easier than you might think. Here is what your wildlife garden should include…

Death Valley, Joshua Tree national parks would grow under Senate-passed bill

The Senate passed a major package of land and conservation legislation Tuesday that would protect hundreds of thousands of acres of California wilderness and increase the size of Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks.

Mutant Blue-Eyed Coyotes May Be Spreading Across California

Mutant blue-eyed coyotes have been spotted along California’s coast, leaving wildlife biologists utterly baffled.

Wildfire experts lay out causes and solutions for California’s worsening blazes

“We’ve got a big problem in California.” 

After two years of tragic, record-setting wildfires, climate scientist Daniel Swain’s remark felt like an understatement.

A wildflower super bloom could be sprouting — if it keeps raining

This year should be a great one for California’s wildflowers, after a year of drought followed by substantial rain in recent months.

Members of Congress reintroduce the WILD Act

Last week, Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Carper, D-Del., and Reps. Alan Lowenthal, D-Cal., and Don Young, R-Alaska, reintroduced the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act(S. 268/H.R. 872), which reauthorizes several key wildlife conservation programs and provides additional funding for invasive species management and wildlife trafficking.

Tax Time is the Right Time to Help California’s Endangered Wildlife

As you gather your W-2 and other income tax paperwork, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hopes you will consider helping our state’s endangered plants, animals and fish when you file your state return.

Social marketing campaigns can help conservation efforts

Social marketing campaigns that aim to change human behavior have proven to be instrumental in promoting wildlife conservation, according to new research.