Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Top 25 Birds with a Sugar Rush

Here we present the Top 25: Birds with a Sugar Rush, a spectacular collection of the many different birds that feed on nectar.

Finding rest in the wilds of a megacity

Now we have an answer to all those out-of-towners who sniff, “How can you live in Los Angeles? Personally, I need trees. I need wildlife.” In fact, Southern California happens to be the most biodiverse area in the entire United States.

UCLA faculty voice: The case for ‘sanctuary cities’ for endangered species

Cities like Los Angeles not only destroy habitats, but also create new living spaces for animals and plants.

Clean Streams Key to Aiding Recovery of Endangered Frogs in California

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is home again to endangered California red-legged frogs, after a reintroduction effort. Success hinged on a handful of streams that are still clean enough to host the frogs, explains wildlife ecologist Katy Delaney.

New OC Digs for Pacific Pocket Mice

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact

Electromagnetic radiation from power lines and phone masts poses ‘credible’ threat to wildlife, report finds

An analysis of 97 studies by the EU-funded review body EKLIPSE concluded that radiation is a potential risk to insect and bird orientation and plant health.

Innovative Water Storage Projects Aid Wildlife, Salmon and Fishing Jobs

Environmental and fisheries groups have often opposed water storage projects. But two proposed projects in California have earned their backing, and Rachel Zwillinger of Defenders of Wildlife and John McManus of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, explain why.

Willow flycatchers, already an endangered species, also imperiled by climate change

The southwestern willow flycatcher is facing serious environmental challenges.

When the migratory songbird was added to the endangered species list in 1995, it was mainly because of habitat loss caused by human development. It also gets bullied by another bird species, the brown-headed cowbird, which destroys its eggs and steals nests.

Now, according to a UCLA-led study, the willow flycatcher is facing another threat: climate change.

Just say no to grass

The American Dream typically involves a two-car garage and a sizable lawn for the kids to play on. The problem is, depending on where in America the dreamer lives, that lawn might not be feasible.