Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

California’s trees could shift as global warming forces birds to move out

Song surveys show that species key to spreading seeds are shuffling up and down the mountain.

California Condor

Although it can be found in several southwestern states and in Mexico, the California Condor is a distinct part of California’s natural heritage

Over a million snow geese have arrived in California: How you can see them

And for the past 20 years, there’s been Chico’s Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway celebrating the birds’ landing.

A Transformative Deal for Nature

Like the 2015 Paris climate accord, this new agreement could mark a turning point in how we manage our relationship to nature.

2019 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record, NASA Says

According to NOAA’s temperature report, 2019 was also the 43rd year in a row that saw above-average global land and ocean temperatures. 

Aphid-munching beetle could help save hemlock forests

An introduced beetle that eats the eggs of the hemlock woolly adelgid is showing promise.

Officials propose California butterfly for threatened list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding a California butterfly to the list of threatened species, officials said.

Travis Longcore in Financial Times: How Light Pollution Affects the Lives of Garden Creatures

Travis Longcore, associate adjunct professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, has been working on the impact of artificial light on ecology since the turn of the century.

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.