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.

Turkey Vulture

Although we have never seen one in the garden itself, Turkey Vultures are seen often soaring above the GNG.  Easily identified by their characteristic wobbly, unsteady flight (when they have empty stomachs), Turkey Vultures ride thermals to conserve energy, usually while in the pursuit of its next meal. Living on purely a carrion diet, they are one of our only birds with a well-developed sense of smell and are able to follow the scent of a fresh carcass miles away.

Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura