Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

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.

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.