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.

Built for Speed

Cooper’s hawks are bird hunters and occur frequently in the GNG. These hawks rely entirely on speed and surprise in their pursuit of a meal and are usually seen only after an unsuccessful attack.  Many people are not thrilled to find this hawk in their […]

The Rain Continues!

A Bewick’s Wren seems to be enjoying yet another January rain shower.  It has been many years since we’ve had continuous rain like this – so many plants and animals in the garden are already benefiting from it.

American Robins at the Fountain

The population of robins grows considerably during the fall and winter months in Los Angeles due to incoming migrating birds.  It is not uncommon to see flocks of 30-40 robins roaming our foothills.  If you have Toyon growing in your garden, you’ll usually end-up with […]

Approaching Storm…

A Red-tailed Hawk awaits the coming storm – and we, like this raptor, can only hope that this is the winter when Southern California gets its desperately needed rain.    

White-crowned Sparrows

During the winter months, White-crowned sparrows are a common sight and sound in the GNG, filling the garden with their beauty and melodic song… Adult “Gambel’s” White-crowned sparrow.

Immuture Leaf-footed Bug

We are always looking closely when walking through the garden, as fantastic things sometimes come in tiny packages;  this insect is less than 1/8” long! Nymph of Leaf-footed Bug – Leptoglossus sp.

Canine Cuteness!

This drain culvert in the lower back-garden is used by many animals as a convenient pathway.  Deer, coyote, raccoons and skunks are among others caught on camera whilst out on leisurely day and night strolls. The star of these video captures at the moment is […]

Windy Morning at the Hummingbird Feeders

60 seconds of breezy zen…

Fall American Goldfinches

It’s so nice to have American goldfinches back in the GNG, even if they are now in their non-breeding plumage. Most people think of this bird as being bright yellow with an orange beak, but they are quite dull this time of year, not molting […]

Gotta’ Live With ‘em!

Lurking in most Los Angeles yards is the non-native Eastern fox squirrel, and the GNG is no exception. First introduced after WW2, this squirrel long-ago out-competed our native Western gray squirrel for the right to exploit a bounty of fruit from our trees and seed from […]