At the front of the sustainability revolution, Professor Tallamy is leading the charge in changing what trees Americans plant in their landscape. Did you know that oaks support hundreds of types of moths and insects that support birds (75% of a bird's diet is insects) and other wildlife. Many of the non native trees that have become popular (e.g. the Bradford Pear) support almost none. Read this before you buy another tree.
"If you cut down the goldenrod, the wild black cherry, the milkweed and other natives, you eliminate the larvae, and starve the birds. This simple revelation about the food web--and it is an intricate web, not a chain--is the driving force in Bringing Nature Home." --The New York Times
As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. There is an 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. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction.
Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition--with an expanded resource section and updated photos--will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.
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