Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

A Reckoning for Centennial… and California

Last week, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) voted 4-1 to recommend that the board of supervisors approve the Centennial Specific Plan.

California and other states file lawsuit to protect migratory birds

Lawsuit is a response to Trump Administration’s announcement that it will not enforce key elements of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Plant some trees to help Los Angeles fight the effects of climate change

Cactus and succulents simply add to the urban desert. We need trees!

The ‘king of birds’ dresses the part when pursuing a mate

Though rarely seen in the wild, the western tragopan’s flashy features and elaborate dance moves catch the eyes of potential mates.

A website that’s really for the birds

Birds cheep and squawk, peck and soar. They cluster on bird feeders and rooftops and swoop across our skies. But how well do you know them?

Synonymous with sun, Los Angeles needs more shade

Removing diseased trees, of course, or those that uproot sidewalks, is necessary — as long as they’re replaced. Too often, they aren’t, especially in less affluent neighborhoods.

The 9/11 Tribute in Light Is Helping Us Learn About Bird Migration

Illuminated every September 11 since 2002, the Tribute is an iconic and emotional memorial to the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a symbol of New York City’s unbreakable spirit. It is a beacon in more ways than one. Birds are drawn to the lights, at times by the thousands. On September 11th, 2017, I was drawn to the lights by the birds.

Plant a wildlife hedge instead of building a fence

Here’s what to plant to keep wildlife happy and the neighbors out of sight.

California Committee OKs Bill on Desert Water-Pumping Plan

A key California committee has passed a last-minute bill requiring more oversight of a plan to pump water from underneath the Mojave Desert.

A Poetic Look Inside the World of Wildlife Conservation

Photographer David Chancellor captures how humans and wildlife rely on each other to survive.