Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Elderberry shrubs flourish in the Anza Valley

The lowly shrub is one of the most important food sources for birds, bees and butterflies in California. It also provides dense, low cover for many small mammals, birds and bugs. 

Conservationists warn Covid waste may result in ‘more masks than jellyfish’ in the sea

Beaches on the French Côte d’Azur like Cannes or St. Tropez are among the most coveted vacation spots worldwide, but now the coronavirus pandemic has left an abundance of pollutants in the water: discarded masks and gloves.

Suitable redwood habitats are changing with the climate

In California, climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of droughts and wildfires. These extreme events, compounded by rising temperatures, threaten the future of redwood forests

Pollinators of Northern New Mexico: How to Identify and Conserve the Bees in Your Backyard

Join Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society, and Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, author of “The Bees in Your Backyard,” to learn about the causes of bee, butterfly, and other beneficial insect decline and what we can do to minimize these threats. 

When Female Birds Are Overlooked, Conservation Suff

Ornithologists are trying to correct biases and misguided assumptions that can undermine environmental efforts and scientific knowledge.

Condors soar toward sustainability in California, though threats remain

Excitement and expectation are the present-day tenets for wildlife managers in Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park as breeding pairs of California condors are raising chicks and repopulating a historic species (Gymnogyps californianus) that 38 years ago was nearly doomed.

Future Minded: An Interview with Richard Ke’aumoana Chung

Richard Ke’aumoana Chung, MS, ND, is an ethnobotanist, naturopathic doctor, and lifetime member of CNPS.

Battle between off-roaders and rare bird heats up at Oceano Dunes state park

It wasn’t long after Oceano Dunes locked its gates due to the coronavirus that rare shorebirds started nesting in areas usually reserved for off-roaders and their beach-riding vehicles.

Conservation Groups File Motions to Defend Ventura County Wildlife Connectivity

Conservation organizations filed two legal motions today to defend Ventura County’s innovative wildlife connectivity ordinances — the first of their kind in California.

Opossums: Unsung Heroes in the Fight Against Ticks and Lyme Disease

With the huge rise in deer tick populations and the spread of Lyme disease, many friends of wildlife are welcoming opossums into their yards.