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.

Rare Bird Alert!

A White-throated Sparrow was recently found in the GNG, an exceptional new species for our ever-growing bird list.  During most winters, 10–15 of these birds will be documented in Los Angeles County – this was number 8 for the 2016/2017 season!  This one (like most others found in L.A.) has embedded itself in a White-crowned Sparrow flock (an expected winter sparrow) and hopefully will stay around until next spring.

White-throated Sparrow 

For the most part, White-throated Sparrows spend the spring and summer months in Canada, staying until just before the first snow arrives.  They then migrate south, spending the fall and winter months in states east of the Rocky Mountains.  But every year a small number of them find their way to the Pacific Coast where they stay to spend the winter.

White-throated Sparrow winter rang-map.