Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard

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Timber Press, Feb 4, 2020 - Nature - 256 pages
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this new book, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard.
 
If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature’s Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife—and the planet—for future generations.
 
 

Contents

Introduction
7
The Dreamers
15
A New Approach to Conservation
27
The Importance of Connectivity
37
Shrinking the Lawn
51
Homegrown National Park
61
Rebuilding Carrying Capacity
77
Are Alien Plants Bad?
89
What Have Weeds Done for Us Lately?
169
Will It Work?
181
What Each of Us Can Do
205
Concluding Remarks
213
Frequently Asked Questions
215
References
231
Index
245
Copyright

Restoring Insects the Little Things That Run the World
125

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About the author (2020)

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 97 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. 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. His book Bringing Nature Home published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug's new book Nature's Best Hope is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.
 

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