Gardening for Wildlife
One of the exciting benefits of gardening with native plants is their ability to attract a wide range of wildlife, especially native species. In fact, we have been able to identify over 1500 unique species of animals utilizing the Gottlieb Native Garden —from ants to bats to birds to lizards. Click the button below to view the list of all the fauna discovered in the garden to date (updated June 2022).
I post the majority of arthropods I find in the garden to iNaturalist. Below are the most recent additions - each one is clickable for more information.
Various methods are used for assembling data on animals in the garden, including observation, collecting and photographing with both hand-held and remote cameras. Some animals are simple to identify down to species level. These would include mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Arthropods can be a different story. We do our best to identify insects, arachnids and similar animals to species level, but sometimes have to settle with simply placing them in a tribe or family.