The Naturalist’s Journal

What's Happening "Fauna-wise" in the Garden

As the Gottlieb Native Garden’s naturalist, Scott Logan documents the ever-changing array of wildlife species as they vary with the garden’s blooms, seasons and migratory patterns. While bringing these observations to life for all to experience, he also coordinates scientific research projects, and monitors the overall health and biodiversity of the garden. The Naturalist’s Journal also highlights the work the Gottliebs and Scott are doing to educate and inspire people to start gardening for wildlife with native plants.

Rain equals more food for hummingbirds

Another storm brought much needed moisture to Southern California.  2020 storms have dropped almost 4.5” of rain Los Angeles and the garden is looking magnificent.  The recent precipitation has produced a tremendous number of flowers, supplying the garden’s hummingbirds with much sugary calories.  Coral bells (heuchera sp.) are […]

March storms bring needed rain!

Rejoice! Over the last ten days, two beautiful storms delivered over three inches of rain to the garden . It’s been so dry during the past few months that even this coyote seems perplexed by the newly wetted ground.

First Oriole of the season

Spring migration has officially begun! I got a quick shot of a Hooded Oriole today — my first 2020 season sighting. He was a beautiful mature adult male. A first-year male’s body plumage is yellowish-orange, as opposed to second year and older males (like this […]

2020 – less than half an inch of rain

Here we go again. Our rainy season started out well, with over three inches of rain tallied before New Year’s Day. Two months have passed since then and less than a half of inch of rain has fallen in the garden. We can only hope […]

White-lined Sphinx Moths

White-lined Sphinx Moths emerged early this season. Our light trap caught the first one on February 4th, about three weeks earlier than seasons past, and we are now seeing them every day. Lack of rain and abnormally warm temperatures during January certainly played a part […]

New Red-tailed Hawk Territory

An adult Red-tailed Hawk has been patrolling the area around the garden for weeks now, most likely mapping out new territory. It has been acting very aggressive to other red-tails, never allowing them in or around the yard.

Northern Flicker

Woodpeckers are beneficial to any garden, as they spend much of their time excavating insects and larvae from dead and rotting wood. Our largest expected woodpecker, the Northern Flicker, forages differently. It spends considerable time on the ground hunting for ants and other terrestrial insects, […]

Happy New Year!

The GNG brings in the New Year with a new animal in the garden, a female Bobcat! We now have two Bobcats visiting on a regular basis, this beautiful female and a collared male who’s been around nearly four years now.

More Rain :-)

We received some nice rain this week – the garden’s plants are very happy and beginning to respond with new growth. Our guess is that most of the garden’s animals weren’t as happy, as indicated in these two shots.

Wintering Robins have arrived

American Robins can be found in and around the garden all year, but their numbers increase dramatically in late fall and winter months. They come for the Toyon berries, and the birds will be very happy this year as the bushes are overflowing with the […]