Land Conservancy Speaker Series presents:
Doug Tallamy in “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home”
As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.
Doug Tallamy’s research and his book Bringing Nature Home have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size.
Sally Cunningham, Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional, author, and horticulturist credits Tallamy for clarifying why native plants are so important. They meet the needs of native insects, which, in turn, serve a complicated food web. Without the insects all ecology dissolves. Native insects require the plants with which they co-evolved.”
The plight of the monarch butterfly is making headlines all over the nation. To a large degree, their decline is tied to the loss of native plants. Monarch caterpillars are dependent upon a single source of nutrition—native milkweeds—and their populations have suffered dramatic losses as milkweed fields disappear. But we can fix this in our own backyards by planting many types of native milkweeds, which do, in fact, have gorgeous red, pink, orange, and white flowers.
“We have eliminated so much nature so fast, that most people don’t realize how little is left.” Said Doug Tallamy, “Particularly in the east, we have devastated our natural areas to the point where if we are going to have functioning ecosystems, if we’re going to have biodiversity, we need to start sharing the property that we’ve taken.”
Historically, we have landscaped to add beauty to our yards, without much thought to the role that plants provide in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The way we think about our yards needs to shift.
Native landscapes support food webs, sustain pollinators, sequester carbon, filter our water, and produce oxygen. Many native plants, like milkweed, are beautiful too.
Executive Director Nancy Smith said “The Land Conservancy protects 6,000 acres of remarkable places across Western New York. But we can’t protect everything. If every gardener and landowner, and every business, school, and town park included even a small number of native plants it would make an enormous difference to our pollinators and wildlife.”
The Land Conservancy’s last speaker event sold out, so don’t delay; purchase your tickets today.
Doug Tallamy will present “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home” on Tuesday, May 10 at the UB Center for the Arts. The 7pm event begins with a 6pm reception and is open to the public.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the UB Box Office or online at Tickets.com.