Welcoming Environmentalist Doug Tallamy

Welcoming Environmentalist Doug Tallamy

Sunday, October 23
11:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Congregational Hall

Doug Tallamy will join us on October 23 at 11:15 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. to share his expertise with the congregation and community about the importance of native species and the role each of us can play in increasing the biodiversity of home yards and faith institution campuses. Register online for these events.

Homegrown National Park
11:15 a.m., Congregational Hall

Our parks, preserves, and remaining wildlands – no matter how grand in scale – are too small and separated from one another to sustain the native trees, plants, insects and animals on which our ecosystems depend. We can fix this problem by practicing conservation outside of wildlands, where we live, work, shop, and farm. Thus, the concept for Homegrown National Park is a national challenge to create diverse ecosystems in our yards, communities, and surrounding lands by reducing lawns, planting native, and removing invasives. The goal of HNP is to create a national movement to restore 20 million acres with natives; that acreage represents half of what is now lawns. We are at a critical point where we are losing so many native plant and animal species that our natural life support is in jeopardy. However, if many people make small changes, we can restore healthy ecological networks and weather the changes ahead.

The Nature of Oaks
2:00 p.m., Congregational Hall

Frightening headlines about the decline of the natural world that serves as our life support have spurred homeowners across the country to take action by planting natives that will help reverse this trend. No plant will achieve this faster than one of our 91 species of oaks. Oaks support more species of animals, sequester more carbon, protect our watersheds, and nourish soil better than any other plant genus in North America. Tallamy will discuss these roles by highlighting the many fascinating things that happen with the oaks in his yard each month of the year. Tallamy hopes that sharing his knowledge about oaks will generate interest in them, and, with any luck, compassion for these magnificent trees.  

Registration is appreciated for both presentations. Register online: https://bit.ly/BMPCTallamyTalks

About our presenter:

Doug Tallamy, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, advocates for home gardens that create a holy greenway, bridging gaps between parks and preserves, as they provide habitat for native species. He makes connections between plants and insects and how those relations are important to birds and other species. He advocates for smaller lawns and planting more native plants. Tallamy has overseen rigorous field studies that examine native versus non-native flora as hosts for caterpillars and chickadee habitat. He is a founder of Homegrown National Park (HNP).

Biodiversity is neither a new term nor a new idea.

Thomas Lovejoy and E.O. Wilson have spoken; now it's time to act. Lovejoy introduced the term biodiversity in 1980, and Wilson worked for decades to convince us that we cannot live without biodiversity.

In Doug Tallamy’s view, the only way to achieve E.O. Wilson’s dream is to coexist with nature, in the same place, at the same time. We must bury forever the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else, for there are no longer enough “someplace elses” to meet the world’s need. We have persisted for the last half-century in the misguided belief that humans can only thrive when segregated from the natural world, and, as a result, the United States has formally protected only 12 percent of its land.

Tallamy believes that we can achieve Wilson’s lofty goals, and the key to doing this is to practice conservation not only in protected wildlands, but also outside of parks and preserves: where we live, work, farm, and play. And by “we,” Tallamy doesn’t mean ecologists and conservation biologists, but all of us. Conservation is everyone’s responsibility because every one of us depends entirely on healthy ecosystems.

 NativePlant For more information on BMPC Environmental Justice Committee’s Plant Native/Native Plant initiative and resources, click here Plant Native, Native Plant