The Gottlieb Native Garden

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The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Cooper's Hawk at Lower Tub

Cooper's Hawks are extremely fond of GNG and the variety of birds it attracts. Cooper's Hawks main diet almost exclusively consist of birds smaller than itself. This may frighten some native gardeners, but one must always rely on the balance already provided by nature. Cooper's in GNG often hunt jays and doves, two species that can become over populated and have an adverse impact on the environment if numbers go unchecked.

Often we come across the tall tell sign of a successful Cooper's hunt - scattered feathers under high tree limb perches or even as low as fence posts. Cooper's have adapted well to urban settings and one of the most common birds of prey seen in Southern California.