The Naturalist’s Journal

What's Happening 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.

Band-tails in the Lower Pond

Band-tailed Pigeons are attractive birds. They love to bathe often, which helps to keep up their beautiful appearance. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata

Drywood Termites

It’s not too often that we get up-close looks at winged drywood termites, but they were out in numbers last night, attracted to our UV lights last night during a nocturnal species review. With the first fall rains come drywood termite flights.  Winged Kings and […]

We finally had a good rain!

Copper’s Hawks love to bathe and this one took advantage of our rain showers today. And just like us, after a wash it needs to dry off. This is how one dries off Cooper’s Hawk-style! Copper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii

An Orange-crowned Warbler’s Orange Crown

Orange-crowned Warblers, like many other of our “crowned” birds, usually keep their name-sake crown-colors hidden while they go about their normal business. But if you watch closely while they are bathing, you will sometimes get lucky and see a flash of their hidden crowns! Orange-crowned […]

Many, Many Goldfinches

For unknown reasons, you never really know when Lesser Goldfinches will bless you with their presence at your birdfeeder.  For whatever reason, they’re loving Nyjer now! Lesser Goldfinches – Spinus psaltria

Happy Halloween Nature Lovers!

Annoying Mosquitoes

While this California Scrub-Jay was preening to look its best for the other many scrub-jays in the yard, a mosquito decided to take advantage and have a meal. Bloodmeals are important to female mosquitoes as they need lots of protein to produce eggs. This is […]

Red-tail Hawk Washes-up!

We captured some fun images of a hawk having a good splash in the deep-end of our lower pond. When the bird was finished, it must have been the cleanest juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in Beverly Hills! Hit the play button on the image below. Red-tailed […]

Late-in-the-Season dragonflies

The garden is full of many dragonflies and damselflies using every water feature for possible late-season breeding. From a well positioned sentry, this male Flame Skimmer has made claim to the upper water feature, driving away any male intruders from his territory! Male Flame Skimmer […]

As Fall Arrives, Monarch larvae Become Plentiful

Now that Fall has arrived in Los Angeles, Monarch butterflies are getting into high gear; it’s time for one last push of egg laying for the season. Our native milkweed is about to go dormant, so in about a month, we should see the final crop of […]