Bringing Nature Home - Douglas W. Tallamy

Bringing Nature Home


  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Genre: Ecology
Score: 5
From 13 Ratings


“A fascinating study of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in the suburban garden.” —The New York Times
As development and habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. In Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the 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.
But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.


  • Now I know

    By Babs12345?????
    I have been growing native plants for quite a few years to attract pollinators and because they are easy to grow. Reading Doug's book gave me a deeper 'why' behind why I do it and how important it is to the birds and insecs. It is a complex issue, but I understand it better. I rarely plant alien plants now and have been expanding my meadow each year and am amazed at how beautiful it is. His book made me decide to kill off the perennial vinca once and for all before it gets out of hand.
  • Excellent!

    By Marianas Islander
    I read the paperback version of this book last year. It made me see local ecology and it's relationship to biodiversity in a whole new light. Someday, when I have my own little piece of Planet Earth to potter in, I shall reread it before coming up with a new landscaping plan. I can hardly wait! I knew native and local was the way to go. I just didn't realize quite how important it was. This book was a real eye opener.