Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

California’s Birds Are Testing New Survival Tactics on a Vast Scale

Retracing the steps of a century-old wildlife survey, ecologists find that birds are making remarkable adaptations to climate change.


Conflict over the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta has played out over decades of back-and-forth between regulators and farmers.

What Do Wild Animals Do in Wildfires?

Big wildfires, like those tearing through Northern California, can hurt some animals—while others escape, and some species even thrive.

California’s Lassen Wolf Pack Has Pups Second Straight Year

California’s Lassen Wolf Pack has pups for second straight year. Birth comes as administration plans end to federal protections.

Why Native Plants Matter

Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.

Top 25 Birds with a Sugar Rush

Here we present the Top 25: Birds with a Sugar Rush, a spectacular collection of the many different birds that feed on nectar.

Finding rest in the wilds of a megacity

Now we have an answer to all those out-of-towners who sniff, “How can you live in Los Angeles? Personally, I need trees. I need wildlife.” In fact, Southern California happens to be the most biodiverse area in the entire United States.

UCLA faculty voice: The case for ‘sanctuary cities’ for endangered species

Cities like Los Angeles not only destroy habitats, but also create new living spaces for animals and plants.

Clean Streams Key to Aiding Recovery of Endangered Frogs in California

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is home again to endangered California red-legged frogs, after a reintroduction effort. Success hinged on a handful of streams that are still clean enough to host the frogs, explains wildlife ecologist Katy Delaney.

New OC Digs for Pacific Pocket Mice