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

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Timber Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Science - 360 pages
“A fascinating study of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in the suburban garden.” —The New York Times
 
As development and habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. In Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the 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.
 
But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.
 
 

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User Review  - BobVTReader - LibraryThing

A book that everyone concerned about the environment or global warming should have on their bookshelf or at least check out of the library and read. Read full review

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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

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, where he has taught insect-related courses for 40 years. His most recent book with Timber Press, Nature’s Best Hope, is a New York Times Best Seller.

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 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 is recognized as one of the world's experts on grasses and their use in public and private landscapes. For further information visit www.rickdarke.com.

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