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.

Yummy Worms

At this time of year, the GNG is full of native insects and birds really take advantage of them.  Nesting season for many species coincide with this bounty, assuring plenty of food for their young.  In addition to those insects, mealworms are offered as a healthy, tasty treat.  Below, a Song Sparrow has just fished-out a mealworm that was in a dish of bran.  With so many mouths to feed, we can only assume that parent birds appreciate the handout!

Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia