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.

Honey Bee on Buckwheat?

Nope!   It is a syrphid fly, and this species happens to be an especially good bee mimic.   And just as bees are good pollinators, so are many fly species.  In fact, after bees, Syrphid flies are considered to be some of the best all-around […]

Oak Titmouse Grabs a Snack

In addition to the native foods the garden offers to birdlife, feeders are available for extra nutrition.  Here an adolescent oak titmouse pulls a sunflower seed from a wire mesh feeder.

Extraordinary Battle

While surveying moths in the GNG this past week, a fight between two beetles caught our attention: a soldier beetle and a checkered beetle were locked in mortal combat .  It was quite a struggle until the checkered beetle maneuvered the soldier beetle on to […]

Sonoran Bumble Bee Flies-off with a Load of Pollen

Sonoran bumble bees have declined severely in their Northern California range and is no longer detected at sites where it was once abundant. It can still be found in Southern California but numbers have also decreased in recent years, probably due to habitat loss.  As […]

The GNG is Buzzing with Pollinators!

One of the busy pollinators is the GNG is Hylaeus, or yellow masked bee. As a Genus, this small bee (about 3/16”) is easy to identify based on its sleek black body and pale markings on the face. But they are very hard to identify […]

Band-tails Hog the Platform Feeder

Band-tailed pigeons are the largest pigeon native to North America (also the only native pigeon found in California), and boy do they know how to throw their weight around at a bird feeder!  As seen in this photo, it’s clear where their name originated.  When […]

Yellow-faced Bumble Bee

Bees come in many shapes and sizes, and bumble bees are always a welcome sight in the GNG. This Yellow-faced bumble bee spent an entire morning collecting from only california poppy flowers.  I would take about 15 minutes for it to fully load-up its scopa […]

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

UCLA graduate students busily collect last night’s catch from both pitfall and tray traps, part of a study being conducted by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  The GNG was chosen as one of the Los Angeles gardens to be surveyed for bio-diversity. […]

Non-native Can Attract Native

Some non-native flowers, like this rock purslane, are taken advantage of by our native pollinators. This small male sweat bee is waiting for a female to show-up at this striking purple flower for pollen and nectar. His plan eventually paid-off.

Wrens can be Prolific Breeders…

Here we are, now in June and these house wrens are getting ready to raise another family – in a different home! This nesting box was a new addition to the GNG, just added in 2016. It had been passed-over up to this point and we […]