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.

Parrots in Beverly Hills?

Yellow-chevroned parakeets are native to the tropical forests of South America, not neighborhoods in Southern California! But over time caged birds have been released or escaped forming self-sustaining populations in the Los Angeles basin.  Like many other feral parrot species thriving in L.A., Yellow-chevroned parakeets […]

Very, Very Cute, but…

California ground squirrels are definitely adorable, especially during their youth.   Ground squirrels can also be incredibly destructive, destabilizing hillsides with their extensive underground condominiums.  Because of this destructive behavior, homeowners are sometimes forced to keep this animal under control.  If extreme measures are necessary, […]

Slow Days at the Hummingbird Feeders

We have to wonder why hummingbirds are not drinking at feeders with their usual ferocity.  Once reason might be that they are taking advantage of the recent wildflower bonanza and getting the majority of their nectar from another source.  Hopefully this is true and they’ll […]

Yummy Worms

At this time of year, the GNG is full of native insects and birds really take advantage of them.  Nesting season for many species coincide with this bounty, assuring plenty of food for their young.  In addition to those insects, mealworms are offered as a […]

Acorn Woodpecker in the Silk Oaks

It’s always fun getting a new yard bird and today’s was good one – the clown of the woodpecker family, an Acorn Woodpecker.  This woodpecker can be found throughout California, but is a little out of place in the GNG.  Being Oak Woodland dependent and […]

A Lovely Combination of Color

Beautiful moments can be found at anytime in your garden.  While walking the GNG in the early evening recently, we came across this Pyrausta moth alight on a Ceanothus flower.  Pyrausta moths are quite small, but this one stood-out because of its beautiful lavender pink […]

Those Darn Squirrels!!!

Enough said.

Busy House Wrens

This cement birdhouse has been hanging in the GNG for almost 10 years with no takers.  Well, this year the fortress has tenants.  A pair of House Wrens is now busy at work filling the house with sticks to cradle their future family.  It just […]

Firefly in the Gottlieb Native Garden

This male Pterotus obscuripennis, a firefly (fireflies are actually beetles) found in California, does not emit light flashes like its eastern cousin – it is the female of this species who has light organs that can emit a luminescent glow. But she never goes through metamorphosis […]

FOS Hooded Oriole!

This beautiful oriole blessed the GNG today and became the 3rd “First of the Season”  Hooded Oriole in Los Angeles for 2016.  He apparently was thinking about the Gottlieb Garden of Plenty over the winter and couldn’t wait to return!