Doug Tallamy Lecture on A Case for Natives -Bringing Nature Home
In September, 2012 at a presentation sponsored by the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Dr. Doug Tallamy presented practical recommendations for how virtually everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity.
Chairman of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Dr. Tallamy noted the unbreakable link between native plant species and wildlife. Native insects cannot and will not eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and wildlife. He shared how homeowners can promote wildlife and biodiversity in their own backyards by knowing what plants have been shown to support the most. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden embraces Dr. Tallamy’s philosophy as demonstrated in the first portion of the Garden, the Woodlands. The recommendations were simple, yet thought provoking.
The video below from his presentation to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and reflects some of the key points from his book A Case for Natives – Bringing Nature Home.