On Tuesday, April 18  we hosted speaker Doug Tallamy, a noted entomologist, native plant advocate and author.  This “guru” in the insect and nature world centered his talk around the plight of butterflies and other insects and how each of us can help these important pollinators by supporting biodiversity in our backyards and open spaces.  His research goal is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

“We can save nature,” says Tallamy, “but only if we learn to live with nature.” Tallamy suggests each of us can play a role by saving biodiversity where we live.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.  He has authored 85 research publications and two books – Bringing Nature Home:How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens and The Living Landscape, (co-authored with Rick Darke). Tallamy is a regular columnist for Garden Design Magazine and his awards include the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

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