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.

Coyotes Find Trouble

As you may know, coyotes seem to get into trouble when encountering urban spaces. All to often they are to blame for missing pets and raided trash cans with little proof they are the culprits. Many don’t understand the role they play in insuring your […]

Female Flicker!

GNG was very excited to catch a glimpse of a male Northern Flicker, but we didn’t expect to catch the female in the same spot foraging for ants. If you look closely you can see the length of her tongue as it darts between blades […]

Coyote Pair

Catching coyotes during the day is always a treat for their coats are so detailed, and rarely enjoyed. These two are lurking around a woodrat nest, waiting for a rabbit or anything else hiding within the tangled mass of sticks and grass to run out. […]

Northern Flicker, The Ant Eater

GNG was lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of a Northern Flicker hunting for insects on the ground. Flickers eat vegetation (seeds and berries), but insects make up 40 – 50% of their diet. They also practice a behavior called “anting” where they rub […]

Great Horned Owl Perch Walk – Gottlieb Native Garden

We noticed one day that a low hanging laurel sumac was playing host to a day roosting great horned owl. I noticed pellets under an adjacent sumac, but their number and quality lead me to believe the spot was a one-time stop. We inspected the […]

Cooper's Hawk Loves our Bath

This Cooper’s Hawk has bathed here twice in the past week. He is not shy about it at all!

Wilson's Warbler Spotted

GNG cameras capture up to 400 images a week and during the fall months the bird diversity dwindles. So, it was very exciting to see a flash of golden plumage pop up on the screen while looking through recent cam photos. The Wilson’s Warbler (Wilsonia […]

Fox Squirrel Surprise

Fox Squirrels (Sciurus niger) are a sore subject for GNG for they are not native and pushed out populations of native western gray squirrel. Yet, they have been living in California for over 100 years. History states the first population arrived in Los Angeles by […]

Cooper's Hawk at Lower Tub

Cooper’s Hawks are extremely fond of GNG and the variety of birds it attracts. Cooper’s Hawks main diet almost exclusively consist of birds smaller than itself. This may frighten some native gardeners, but one must always rely on the balance already provided by nature. Cooper’s […]

Black-throated Gray Warbler Spotted

It amazes us how GNG is still attracting new species of birds we have never caught before on our cameras. At a quick glance one could over look this black-throated gray warbler (Dendroica nigrescens) as a sparrow or perhaps a Bewick’s wren. In chatting with […]