Bringing Nature Home

Bringing Nature Home

How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants

Book - 2009
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"If you cut down the goldenrod, the wild black cherry, the milkweed and other natives, you eliminate the larvae, and starve the birds. This simple revelation about the food web--and it is an intricate web, not a chain--is the driving force in Bringing Nature Home." --The New York Times As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife--native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction. Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition--with an expanded resource section and updated photos--will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.
Publisher: Portland : Timber Press, 2009
Characteristics: 358 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Edition: Updated and expanded pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780881929928
Call Number: 639.92091733 TALLAMY


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IndyPL_AnikaW Jan 23, 2019

This book is often cited by gardeners as THE book that got them thinking about their garden as part of the "bigger picture" of their urban ecology. We all can do our own part to help to provide for urban wildlife and re-introduce bio-diversity into our sanitized urban plantings.

Inspirational and detailed, it's a must-read for any city gardener. Classic.

Jul 24, 2018

This book completely changed the way I look at the land around me and the power of my own backyard. A must read for gardeners, plant lovers, agriculturists, environmentalist and land lovers.

Jul 04, 2016

This book is a superb introduction to the importance of planting natives in our gardens as perhaps the best hope for conserving our wildlife. He defines what a true native is. I was surprised how narrow nature defines natives. There are lists of specific plants with their Latin names for areas of the United States. I am inspired, and have already ripped out alien plants, and put in natives in their rightful place.


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