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.

Common Raven Rave!

When outside, be sure to look everywhere for life, including up.  

This unusual congregation of Common Ravens was a special moment for us.  Unlike American Crows, ravens are not a corvid that normally congregates in large social groups. This overhead party was quite unusual.  Usually, ravens are seen in groups of 2s to 5s. The GNG happens to have a large group of 7 ravens that patrol the area. But the well over 100 birds in this brief playdate was something never seen before by us!  This whole gathering lasted less than 10 minutes; they came from every direction, played, socialized, vocalized - and then disappeared as fast as they arrived. 


Be ready for nature’s surprises – something spectacular will play-out before you eyes when you least expect it!