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.

End of the 2023 Oriole season

As the end of the 2023 oriole season approaches, the birds have been at the nectar and mealworm stations non-stop. It’s critical that Hooded Orioles put on enough fat reserves to get them to their wintering grounds in Western Mexico. This is always a sad […]

Blow Flies Fooled By Fungus

Lantern Stinkhorn ingeniously combines a smelly odor with a fruiting body that imitates rotting flesh. How does this benefit the fungus? Blow flies arrive believing they have found fresh carrion in which to lay their eggs. As the flies investigate, they walk on sticky gleba-bearing […]

Influx of White-lined Sphinx Moths

The White-lined Sphinx Moth ranges over the entire United States and is very common here in Los Angeles. California is one of the few states where the moth can be found flying year round. With that said, they are usually only seen in numbers during […]

Robins, Robins and more Robins!

Huge numbers of American Robins have been flocking all around Southern California in one of the largest congregations in many decades. Southern California always gets an influx of robins during the winter months, but it’s not clearly understood why they are here now in such […]

Hail hummingbirds

2023 has already thrown some wild weather at us. Rain, freezing temperatures, wind and hail. And when it hails, wildlife bolts for cover. But it didn’t take long for hummingbirds to start showing back up at the GNG feeders during this storm. Allan’s and Anna’s […]

Bobcat on fern trail

I know I posted an image from this same camera trap last month, but I was compelling to do it again. It’s an interesting image for two reasons. The obvious one is Bobcats are awesome! This is our resident female that is now in her […]

new “Fern Trail” Camera

I recently set up a camera trap on a newly formed trail leading into the Garden. I’m calling it the Fern Trail Cam.  It didn’t take long to get a candid shot of these Common Raccoons. Not sure what’s going on here, but the scene […]

Now over 1800 species!

During 2022, I was able to add over 650 new animals to the GNG’s list, bringing the new total to 1835 species! The majority of these new species were arthropods, but we were able to add two new birds (Northern Harrier and Rock Wren) as […]

Mom with her spiderlings

Most wolf spiders “care” for their offspring, sometimes up until their first molt. I was able to get a good picture of this wolf spider (species unknown) carrying her spiderlings. While I was positioning her onto a white background some babies fell off, but they […]

GNG mentioned in September’s NatGeo!

The Gottlieb Native Garden is mention in September’s 2022 issue of National Geographic Magazine. The cover story In a warming climate, we need to radically rethink how we conserve nature focus on new strategies for conservation. From working on climate change, eliminating pollution and restoring ecosystems, […]