The Gottlieb Native Garden

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.

Teenage Great Horned Owl

A pair of Great Horned Owls raised two chicks in the GNG this past season.  We were lucky enough to watch as the youngsters learned the ways of our urban jungle.  Their parents drove them off about a month ago as they will tolerate chicks begging for food for only so long.  We have been wondering how the young owls were getting along and this week one showed-up, captured on a trail cam.  This is good news and bad news.  The good news is this little guy has figured out how to survive on its own.  The bad news is that its parents will fiercely defend their hunting territory from other Great Horned Owls – including their own fledged offspring.  

Good luck little one!

Great Horned Owl