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Douglas W. Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.
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Feels like a companion book to Bringing Nature Home. About how important it is for everyone to do something to support wildlife, specifically “the small things that run the world”- the insects- because they are the base of so much other life on earth. It’s about why you should remove invasive plants- and exactly why they are so damaging to the environment, making entire systems collapse or become sterile- and what types of plants you should choose to replace them. The author reiterates over and over through this book which half a dozen shrub, perennial and tree species will provide food and shelter for the greatest number of insects, and thus birds (specifically to the Eastern United States). He points out that it doesn’t matter how small your yard is, or how few resources you have- just starting by removing one invasive, or by planting one native that feeds insects and/or birds, will start a change. Notes how even a small yard can be an oasis for wildlife in the middle of a built-up city, bringing in birds and other creatures from miles around. His biggest points seem to be: make your lawn smaller, plant more natives- but not just any native- ones that are keystone species- and remove as many destructive, invasive plants as you can. Other helpful tips about how to support native bees, and how to make a yard full of unfamiliar, native plants that others might call weeds, visually acceptable to the neighbors. It’s nice that in the back, the author has a kind of question-and-answer section, where he addresses common objections people have to making the changes to their yards and landscapes that he recommends. My copy is full of photographs, which I really appreciate, especially of all the birdlife and interesting caterpillars. It’s surprisingly heavy, though, as a physical object. The paper feels thick, the binding very sturdy. But I might have read it slower than usual, because sometimes it felt like such a weight in my hands.… (més)
jeane | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Jul 12, 2023 |
Tallamy writes books that make you appreciate the native nature around you and want to protect and enhance it. In this book, he focuses on Oak trees. When I saw this book (I think on Lois's thread?) I knew I'd love reading about the 3 white oak trees we have in our back yard. We have a small suburban yard that has two tiers. The upper tier has about a dozen enormous trees, White Oaks, American beeches, and Sweet Gum. Many of our neighbors have taken trees down, and I'm proud of our remaining trees that are beautiful, provide shade and privacy, and now I know support a ton of wildlife.

This book gets a little bogged down in caterpillars, but overall I found it really interesting to read about all the life that is sustained by an oak tree and a little about the life cycle of the tree.
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japaul22 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | May 15, 2023 |
The Nature of Oaks is a quick and informative dive into the ecology of oaks. Tallamy takes on a yearlong guided tour and peek behind the scenes of what's happening to the oak in your backyard and reveals just how crucial oaks are to the ecosystem. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
pmackey | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Mar 12, 2023 |
A compelling argument for planting oak trees in your yard.

Doug Gallant writes about science in an easy to read, understandable almost novels like manner. Don't be fooled though, he isn't dumbing down the information or message. This book made me want to go out and plant a handful of pans in my yard to help our ecosystem rebound from development. It made me happy that some changes (primarily by my wife) that we have been making to our yard are both described and approved for a healthier ecosystem. Our long term goal is to enhance the biodiversity of our living spaces and increase animal life diversity. This book gives a starting roadmap to get on track to do so. Do something good this year and plant some oak trees. Your descendants will thank yiu.… (més)
WEPhillips | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Oct 20, 2022 |


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