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.

Bushtit in Thought

A common and beloved year-round resident of the GNG is the long-tailed tit Psaltriparus minimus, or Bushtit (there are 13 Species of long-tailed tits worldwide, but this is the only species found in the Americas).  These spunky little birds are always on the move and very social by nature; so much so that they will even cooperatively breed.  This female hung-back briefly from its foraging flock - possibly to contemplate something important?

Bushtit