Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

California’s Next Climate Change Challenge is Water Whiplash

While overall precipitation levels will not change significantly in the next decades, the state has already entered a period of increased extreme precipitation events that will continue to present tremendous challenges to ensuring stable water supplies.

Morning habits that are bad for the environment

‘Plants for Birds’ Campaign Promotes Native Gardening

Spring is now here, and the National Audubon Society is promoting plant growth that will help animals that roam the skies.

Native Gardening Part 2 – Site and Soil

Since successful gardens are always changing, planning never really ends, but this dedicated time when you first begin, and again periodically, can really help budget time and material resources. Even if you have an established garden, it’s good to periodically revisit the idea of the garden and determine if everything is still working or if changes need to be made.

Los Angeles needs open space for wildlife and for our sanity

For years, residential developments in the hillsides and canyons of Los Angeles have encroached on wildlife as our neighborhoods have spread into, well, theirs.

A silver lining from California’s drought: Water conservation led to reduced energy use and less pollution

In April 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown called on the people of the most populous state to reduce their water use by 25% in response to a punishing four-year drought.

It was an audacious goal, and Californians came close to meeting it. Now, research has revealed there were some unintended side effects to this massive water-conservation experiment. It turns out that California residents weren’t just saving water, they were saving energy as well.

How bird genetics adapt to climate change

Using genetics, UCLA biologists involved in the Bird Genoscape Project are racing against time to find out the potential for adaptation and how best to protect vulnerable populations of birds.

California birds adjust nest timing in a warming climate

Birds in California have shifted their breeding season about five to 12 days earlier than a century ago, according to new research.

Condors hit milestone with ‘wild-hatched’ couple found nesting, raising chick

California condors reached another milestone in their recovery this year.

Coming Soon to SoCal?

Birders are asked to keep an eye out for the pin-tailed whydah, a pretty songbird native to sub-Saharan Africa, which could be making its way to Southern California – which could spell trouble for native songbirds.