Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve and Back Bay

When you learn there’s a popular piece of property on the Southern California coast taking up more than 750 acres, you wouldn’t be faulted for imagining a marina, a golf course, a resort – or all three.

Condor Comeback’ tells the story of a native bird that had nearly disappeared

Fewer than 30 of the California birds existed in the 1980s. Now there are more than 450.

How Do California’s Megafires Impact Birds?

We are in uncharted territory. Birds are on the move to escape the smoke and stress. What will happen to them and the habitat they need to survive?

Standing Up for Native Thistles

The seeds of our native thistles help sustain enormous flocks of songbirds, including the American goldfinch (Spinus tristis), Iowa’s state bird.

To survive frigid nights, hummingbirds cool themselves to record-low temperatures

Hummingbirds are miraculous.  They have the ability to cool their bodies down to just a few degrees above the outdoors at night.  Among vertebrates, hummingbirds have the highest metabolism for their size. With a metabolic rate roughly 77 times that of an average human, they need to feed frequently.  

Gardening Beyond Your Yard: Bee City USA

In this webinar we will provide an introduction to Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA, outline the commitments involved in joining, and walk participants through the application process. 

California Biodiversity Day

California is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with more than 30,000 species of insects, 6,500 plants, 650 birds, 220 mammals, 100 reptiles, 75 amphibians, 70 freshwater fish and 100 species of marine fish and mammals. We celebrate the unique diversity of living things found in our state, and encourage actions to protect them, on California Biodiversity Day, was held on Sept. 7.

Beyond Plants: What Else do Insects Need to Thrive?

Xerces Webinars Series – Gardening for Invertebrates

Allen’s Hummingbird and Climate Change

The Allen’s Hummingbird is one of California’s most beloved birds.


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