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.

Very, Very Cute, but…

California ground squirrels are definitely adorable, especially during their youth.   Ground squirrels can also be incredibly destructive, destabilizing hillsides with their extensive underground condominiums.  Because of this destructive behavior, homeowners are sometimes forced to keep this animal under control.  If extreme measures are necessary, we ask that it is never done with poison. There are few things worse than attempting to control rodents with rodenticides.  The end result will be the poisoning of the very predators that hunt these rodents, leading to a complete collapse of the Balance of Nature.

California ground squirrel- Otospermophilus beecheyi