Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

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.

America’s Sexiest Veterinarian Evan Antin On Traveling The World Helping Exotic Animals

The 33-year-old Antin quickly became an internet sensation after being named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2014.

Is the Endangered Species Act at Risk of Extinction?

A new study finds that Americans overwhelmingly support the 45-year-old act. So why is it under threat? A Sacramento State professor explains

County terminates wildlife management contract

Coyotes are one of many species that have been killed by Wildlife Services during its time managing wildlife for Siskiyou County.

Letting California’s rivers run isn’t a ‘water grab’

Diversions from the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers affect the downstream ecology in the San Joaquin River, which they feed, as well as the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the San Francisco Bay, which are saltier because they now have less freshwater to push back against the Pacific Ocean’s incursions.

Native Plants and Climate Change

California’s unique plant biodiversity and the ecosystems upon which it depends are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It is estimated that approximately 66 percent of California’s endemic plant species will experience decreases of up to 80 percent in the size of their ranges within the next 100 years

Top 25 Birds that Scavenge

Scavengers, in particular the vultures, are facing immense challenges due to poisoning, habitat transformation and persecution. As a result 16 out of the 22 vulture species in the world are listed as ‘at risk’ on the IUCN RedList.