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.

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 […]

Western Harvest Mouse

It’s always exciting to get a new mammal for our species list, even if it’s a mouse. This week we filmed a Western Harvest Mouse on the lower hillside. This find takes our mammal species to 23 – not bad for a garden in the […]

happy halloween!!

October means it’s time for wolf spider babies!

Fall U.C. Davis Hummingbird Lab Visit

Dr. Lisa Tell and her team were in the garden tagging hummingbirds for the past 3 days. This was their fall 2019 tagging session and we had a really cool recapture; a female Allen’s Hummingbird who is at least 4 years old. Already an adult […]