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Doug Tallamy: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World

March 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Doug Tallamy, with a PhD in entomology, knows that insects—“the little things that run the world,” as naturalist E.O. Wilson called them—are at the heart of the food web. They are the engine that converts plant matter into animal life. 

A recent UN report predicts that as many as 1 million species will disappear from planet earth because of human activities. Many of these are insects and nearly all species at risk rely on insects. Insects have already declined 45% since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans!

So how do we create beautiful landscapes brimming with life – landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants. Register below for this virtual presentation.

Also, check out Doug’s most recent project – the website, Homegrown National Park, which seeks to enlist homeowners in converting lawn to ecologically beneficial plants.

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 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 was 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; Nature’s Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021.

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Date:
March 22, 2022
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venue

Virtual
ME United States

Organizers

Cathance River Education Alliance
Topsham Public Library