Living Landscape Speaker Series

Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on.  Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere.  Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, and how we can use our landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them.

Suggested references: Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy,  Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy, and The Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy