Events \\ ECOC

The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7:45 pm

Morse Auditorium

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 native species that will help reverse this trend. No plant will achieve this faster than one of North America’s 91 species of oaks. Oaks support more species of animals, sequester more carbon, protect watersheds and nourish soil communities better than any other plant genus on the continent. Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of The Nature of Oaks (2021), will discuss the many fascinating things happening to the oaks in his yard each month of the year. His hope is to inspire people to plant and protect these vital, majestic and life-giving trees. This event is made possible by a generous gift from The Echo Charitable Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club (ECOC). A brief ECOC club meeting will take place from 7:30–7:45 pm. All are welcome to attend.

About the presenter
  1. Doug Tallamy, Ph.D. is the T.A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 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 books have changed the conversation about gardening in America, and include: Bringing Nature Home; The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke; Nature’s Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller; and The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award. In 2021 he cofounded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari. His awards include recognition from The Garden Writers Association, The National Audubon Society, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.