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.

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Woodpeckers are many people's favorite bird, but among gardeners sometimes they receive a bad rap. Yet, woodpeckers perform many duties for the native garden including tree parasite removal, nest excavating and store caches of food other species utilize.

Though some eat more insects than others, almost all woodpeckers drill small cavities in trees to nest in. Next year,  other species who require such cover but create their own hole may use these nesting sites. These species include small species of owls, other woodpeckers, bluebirds and mammals.