Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

The Living Landscape: Egads! Crawdads

Crawdads, crayfish, craydids: whatever you choose to call those crustaceans that bear a resemblance to mini-lobsters, they are probably not native to our creeks and waters. 

Wildlife photography: Check out these incredible bird photos!

These fantastic shots are the top photos from this year’s Audubon Photography Awards. There were more than 6000 entries from budding bird photographers across America and Canada.

The tree at the bottom of the world—and the wind-blasted trek to find it

Where on this warming planet, you ask, is the southernmost tree? Look no further: National Geographic sent a team to hunt it down.

How to bring conservation messaging into wildlife-based tourism

The study states that failing to encourage tourists to do more on behalf of wildlife represents a missed opportunity for conservation. 

New research to address kelp forest crisis in California

California Sea Grant is pleased to announce six new research projects aimed at restoring California’s kelp forests. 

Sparrows are singing a new song, in a rapid, unprecedented shift

White-throated sparrows across Canada are abandoning an old song in exchange for a trendy new tune. The reason remains a mystery.

Gnatcatcher: CWC’s patient of the week

On June 11, California Wildlife Center received a nestling blue-gray gnatcatcher that had been grabbed by a dog in Agoura Hills. 

Backyard Birding 101

If you pay attention to what’s going on in your own backyard, ornithologist Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez says the birds you see will likely put on a great show. 

Helpful Bugs of Northern New Mexico: How to Identify and Conserve Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

While we tend to pay attention to bugs around us when they become a nuisance, the vast majority of insects around our homes and gardens are actually beneficial, pollinating plants and keeping garden pests in check.

The Living Landscape: A walk in a reopened park

It was as sweet as sunshine to get out and hike the trails of Clear Lake State Park once again.