Gallatin Valley Earth Day presents “Nature’s Best Hope” with Douglas Tallamy
Join Douglas Tallamy and “Nature’s Best Hope” where he explains the importance of native plants for biodiversity, food webs which include insects, birds, and wildlife.
Gallatin Valley Earth Day is thrilled to partner with the Sacajawea Audubon Society and the MT Native Plant Society – Valley of the Flowers chapter for this exciting event!
“We are at a critical point of losing so many species from local ecosystems that their ability to produce the oxygen, clean water, flood control, pollination, pest control, carbon storage, etc, that is, the ecosystem services that sustain us, will become seriously compromised.” – Doug Tallamy
Mr. Tallamy brings a new approach to conservation that starts in our own yards. By landscaping with native plant communities that sustain food webs and biodiversity, we can enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them. If we do this in half of the area in America we now have in mowed lawns, we can create a new “Homegrown National Park”—a 20 million acre network of viable habitats that will provide vital corridors connecting the few natural areas that remain. This approach to conservation empowers each of us to play a significant role in the future of the natural world.
Doug is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research articles and publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. His latest books are the New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard and The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Tree. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (2007) was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. Tallamy was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.