Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

CALM celebrates 35 years bringing California Wildlife to Kern County, 16 years of HolidayLights

In 1983, California Living Museum opened its doors for the first time. Thirty-five years later, more than 325 animal call CALM home on its 14 acres.  Most of the animals are native to California, others very common to the area.

Researchers warn of ‘extinction domino effect’

New research explores the possibilities of a single species’ extinction triggering an “extinction domino effect.”

Freshwater Is Getting Saltier, Threatening People and Wildlife

Road de-icing, industrial activity and other culprits are pushing salt levels in rivers and streams to alarming levels

To Save A Fox, Scientists Took To Land, Air And Sea

If you want to see a wild island fox, you have to visit the remote Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. This special species doesn’t live anywhere else.

My Word: Hundreds of bird species imperiled in North America

There has been a dramatic decline in the number of many bird species in North America. According to the North American Bird Conservation Initiative 37 percent of North American birds, or 432 species, are at risk as a result.

DNA in snow reveals hidden wildlife

A paw print in the snow contains enough genetic clues to identify the animal that made it, even if the track has been buried for five months.

Five technologies to save wildlife from traffickers

Developers worldwide have joined the fight against the illegal killing and trade of animals, writes Catherine Early

Salmon surge: Habitat improvements paying off on one California river

A chinook, also called king salmon, attempts to jump up the fish ladder to the hatchery on the Mokelumne River in the Sierra foothills, where fisheries biologists say improved habitat in recent years has paid off.

Editorial: L.A. wasn’t built in the desert, but the desert may be coming to us

It’s hard out there for an environmentally responsible but thirsty Angeleno —someone who wants to grow a couple organic tomatoes in the backyard, take more than an occasional shower and still have enough money to repair the rain barrel after paying the various water bills, fees and taxes. Measure W, which voters passed on Nov. 6, will help. But it won’t put an end to our water problems.

In a rare wildlife success story, the wild turkey population is exploding in California

Fearless in the face of humans, turkeys are appearing all over the state, and even in urban areas like Oakland.