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.

Voice of the Chaparral

The Wrentit is long-lived, year-round resident of coastal scrub and chaparral throughout the western US. Wrentits hold the distinction as being the most sedentary species of birds in North America, with an average territory of a couple hundred square yards. Pairs are exceedingly faithful to each other, forming a tight bond which normally lasts their lifetimes as they defend their territory for up to a dozen years. We know of 2 pairs of these interesting birds in the GNG, and the photo below is of one of the “southeast garden territory” birds.

Interesting fact:  it is not known how this species of bird made it to North America and to this day it perplexes scientist as to the family it belongs. It is neither a wren nor a tit, and is currently recognized as the sole North American representative of the family Old World babblers. 

Wrentit - Chamaea fasciata