Illustrated Guide to Common Animals of the East Bay Hills

This beautiful pocket field guide–now printed on durable, waterproof, tear-proof YUPO paper–contains original illustrations by artist Dana Gardner ( and is available for purchase at the Garden gift shop or online here. Identify the birds at your backyard feeder, the bees and butterflies in your garden, and the snake slithering across the path! Makes a great gift for the wildlife enthusiast in your life. Price: $9.95

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Those who join or renew their Garden membership at the Family Plus Level (or above) will receive this guide as a free gift!
Offer valid June 1 – June 30, 2021.

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Zoom Program: Fauna of the UC Botanical Garden
Tues, June  29 | 12 – 1 pm

Join us for a special Zoom program presented by Garden Director Emeritus Dr. Paul Licht. The Botanical Garden provides an oasis for many of the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that inhabit the surrounding hills. While not all are typically seen by visitors on any one visit, encounters generally delight both adults and young throughout the seasons. A review of the biology of the major species in the Garden thus provides insights into rarely seen aspects of the fauna of the East Bay Hills.

Registration required: Free, Donations welcome. Register online here.

A Guide to the Garden’s Rich Animal Life
by Paul Licht, Former Director

birdsAs trained zoologists, Chris Carmichael, Associate Director of Collections & Horticulture, and I were immediately captivated by an idea brought to us last year by docent Michael Chinn to create a guide to the animals of the Garden. Our rich fauna has always been a source of interest for visitors (besides the ever popular birds and bees, few children can resist the abundance of newts in winter and lizards in summer); but the only resources were the commercial guides, typically focused on a single group of animals, like birds, reptiles or butterflies.


As the project evolved, our goal was to provide a single general reference to all the common animals of the Garden, which basically encompass the fauna of the surrounding East Bay Hills. The result is a field guide with beautiful original illustrations of 10 reptiles, 5 amphibians, 18 mammals, 61 birds and 21 insects plus the banana slug. Illustrations were provided by local artist Dana Gardner, already widely experienced in producing such field guides. This is a first of its kind for us and we hope will further heighten the appreciation for all that is wonderful about our environment. These efforts were supported by gifts from Tom and Karen Mulvaney.