Homegrown National Park
An Interview with Douglas W. Tallamy 

June 12, 2020

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Doug Tallamy speaks with Joanna about: A new approach to ecological conservation; “Homegrown National Park”; the demonization of Nature; insects, the little things that run the world; the vital role of wildlife for our health; Aldo Leopold and the land ethic; the impossibility of perpetual economic growth in a finite planet; “Native Plant Finder”, finding the plants that support your local ecosystem; any war against Nature is a war against ourselves; the monarch butterfly; things you can do to stop the insect decline; creating landscapes that sequester carbon and manage our watersheds; collaborating with the resilience of Nature; you are Nature’s best hope.

Douglas Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 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 “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was awarded the 2008 Silver medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. Doug’s new book, “Nature’s Best Hope” was published in February 2020. Among his awards are 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.

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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