Doug Tallamy to Present 'Restoring Nature's Relationships' Oct. 21

October 3rd, 2019

Doug Tallamy, award-winning author and ecologist, will give a free public lecture at the City of Rehoboth Beach on Monday, October 21st. The lecture will begin at 10 a.m., as part of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Trees (MACT) meeting. Tallamy, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, has authored 95 research publications and has taught insect-related courses for 39 years. 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 Bring Nature Home:  How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Tallamy’s new book Nature’s Best Hope will be published in 2020. Among his awards is the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

Tallamy will speak about how the specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. Those specialized relationships provide our birds with insects and berries, disperse our bloodroot seeds, pollinate our goldenrod, and more. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, and how we can use our landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them.

The lecture will be held in the 2nd-floor Commissioners Room at City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. For more information, please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or [email protected].