Bringing Nature Home How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

ISBN-10: 0881928542
ISBN-13: 9780881928549
Edition: 2007
List price: $27.95
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

The pressures on wildlife populations today are greater than they have ever been and many gardeners assume they can remedy this situation by simply planting a variety of flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs. As Douglas Tallamy points out in this revelatory book, that assumption is largely mistaken. Wild creatures exist in a complex web of interrelationships, and often require different kinds of food at different stages of their development. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife. When native plant species disappear, the insects disappear, thus impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. Fortunately, there is still time to reverse this alarming trend, and gardeners have the power to make a significant contribution toward sustainable biodiversity. By favoring native plants, gardeners can provide a welcoming environment for wildlife of all kinds. Healthy local ecosystems are not only beautiful and fascinating, they are also essential to human well-being. By heeding Douglas Tallamy's eloquent arguments and acting upon his recommendations, gardeners everywhere can make a difference.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect ecology and other courses for 32 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 first book Bringing Nature Home was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writer's Association. Doug was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

Restoring Natives to Suburbia
The Vital New Role of the Suburban Garden
No Place to Hide
Who Cares about Biodiversity?
Why Can't Insects Eat Alien Plants?
What Is Native and What Is Not?
The Costs of Using Alien Ornamentals
Creating Balanced Communities
Gardening for Insect Diversity
Blending In with the Neighbors
Making It Happen
What Should I Plant?
What Does Bird Food Look Like?
Answers to Tough Questions
Afterword: The Last Refuge
Native Plants with Wildlife Value and Desirable Landscaping Attributes
Host Plants of Butterflies and Showy Moths
Experimental Evidence

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