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

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California spotted owls prefer protected areas

To understand which characteristics of forests California spotted owls prefer, researchers determined it was important to take a look back in time.

Drought and birds

Water is also of vital importance to the survival of California’s birds and the habitats that support them.

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People

Bird-friendly landscaping provides food, saves water, and fights climate change.

Native plants fall behind as climate change transforms California

A UCLA-led study examining whether plant species in California have shifted to higher elevations, possibly in response to climate change, discovered that non-native plants are moving fastest, altering and potentially damaging ecosystems.

Learn to Identify Five Owls by Their Calls

These hooters have surprisingly big vocabularies.

Twelve Native Milkweeds for Monarchs

The monarch butterfly population in North America has plummeted by over 90 percent in just the last 20 years.

6 Cool Animals That Live Only in California

California is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. And because our state is not only hemmed in by tall mountain ranges but surrounded by places that are significantly different in an ecological sense, the Golden State is isolated in many ways from the landscapes adjoining it.