The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

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.

Fox Squirrel Surprise

Fox Squirrels (Sciurus niger) are a sore subject for GNG for they are not native and pushed out populations of native western gray squirrel. Yet, they have been living in California for over 100 years. History states the first population arrived in Los Angeles by way of Civil and Spanish war vets who kept them as pets. From there they escaped and started colonies. Today, they are most likely the squirrel you see in you backyard.

Did you think the one on the lower branch didn't see the other till it looked up?