Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded

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Timber Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Nature - 360 pages
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“If you cut down the goldenrod, the wild black cherry, the milkweed and other natives, you eliminate the larvae, and starve the birds. This simple revelation about the food web—and it is an intricate web, not a chain—is the driving force in Bringing Nature Home.” —The New York Times

As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife—native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction.

Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition—with an expanded resource section and updated photos—will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.
 

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

This is one of those paradigm shifting books. So, do you want the local insects to eat holes in your leaves? Resoundingly, YES! If you want a healthy ecosystem, you have to encourage all of the local ... Read full review

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User Review  - 4bonasa - LibraryThing

THE suburbanites guide to improving the environment, including global climate change. How to make the world a better place, one plant at a time. A must read by every gardener, landscaper and home owner. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
7
Preface
9
A call to Action
11
2 The Vital New Role of the Suburban Garden
18
3 No Place to Hide
26
4 Who Cares about Biodiversity?
38
5 Why Cant Insects Eat Alien Plants?
48
6 What Is Native and What Is Not?
65
11 Making It Happen
127
12 What Should I Plant?
145
13 What Does Bird Food Look Like?
198
14 Answers to Tough Questions
272
The Last Refuge
286
Native Plants with Wildlife Value and Desirable landscaping Attributes by Region
288
Host Plants of Butterflies and showy moths
317
Experimental Evidence
328

7 The Costs of Using Alien Ornamentals
72
8 Creating Balanced Communities
93
9 Gardening for Insect Diversity
107
10 Blending In with the Neighbors
121

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About the author (2009)

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has published 68 research articles and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other courses for three decades. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. The Garden Writer’s Association awarded Bringing Nature Home its silver medal in 2008. Doug was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. His projects include scenic byways, public gardens, corporate and collegiate campuses, mixed-use conservation developments, and residential gardens. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society. His work has been featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio. Darke has studied North American plants in their habitats for over three decades, and his research and lectures have taken him to Africa, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and northern Europe. His books include The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (2007), The American Woodland Garden (2002), and In Harmony with Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden (2000). For further information visit www.rickdarke.com.

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