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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, Ashland Nature Center Manager.

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 DelNature.org/Events. Books will be available for purchase at the event in partnership with the Hockessin BookShelf.


Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world and improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Founded in 1964, DelNature is a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, watershed stewardship, and more. We manage over 2,000 acres of land and operate four educational sites: Ashland Nature CenterAbbott’s Mill Nature CenterDuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.


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