Blue Jay Finding Food - Photography by Dr. Doug Tallamy

Environmental Protection Begins in Your Backyard: Dr. Doug Tallamy Launches New Book at Ashland Nature Center

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Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Author of Nature’s Best Hope

Our natural environment is at greater risk than ever before and there are troubling daily news stories. But there are ways that you can help protect the environment starting right in your own backyard. Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) will host Dr. Douglas Tallamy for a book launch and lecture at Ashland Nature Center on February 4, 2020 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Available in February, Nature’s Best Hope (Timber Press), is an urgent and heartfelt call for a grassroots approach to conservation—one that starts in every backyard. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Attendees will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard.

“Delaware Nature Society is honored to host Dr. Tallamy, a nationally known environmental hero for the release of his latest book. His lecture will inspire people to action for conservation. If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature’s Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife—and the planet—for future generations,” said Joe Sebastiani, Site Director, Ashland Nature Center.

Dr. Doug Tallamy: Natures Best Hope book cover
Natures Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy

Dr. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more native species.

Douglas Tallamy is a nationally respected professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research publications. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, and the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

To register, visit Books will be available for purchase at the event in partnership with the Hockessin BookShelf.

About DelNature

DelNature’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all.

Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for educational programming, conservation, and advocacy, providing the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.            

DelNature manages over 2,000 acres of land statewide, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: : Ashland Nature CenterAbbott’s Mill Nature CenterDuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.

Organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on: working and natural lands, healthy waters, and protecting habitats and wildlife.

Currently, thousands of members and over 1,000 volunteers assist core staff and interns to support DelNature’s mission and help our year-round educational programs, conservation, and advocacy efforts continue to improve and grow.

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