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.

Nectar Time!

This 30-second video compresses 5 minutes of hummingbirds enjoying their mid-morning nectar. Allen’s Hummingbirds, Anna’s Hummingbirds and Black-chinned Hummingbirds are all represented, along with a quick visit from a female Hooded Oriole.  

It is simply untrue that giving sugar water to hummingbirds is harmful to their health. Whether collecting nectar from flowers or feeders that we put out for them, they need sucrose to fuel their high-speed metabolism.  As for overall nutrition, hummingbirds are insectivores, getting their nutrients from eating spiders and small flying insects.