Renowned entomologist Dr. Doug Tallamy will present a MetroWest Climate Solutions (MCS) webinar on restoring biodiversity, one yard at a time. To register, visit tinyurl.com/plantnativeyard.
Native plants are a powerful tool to help fight pollution, floods, record-breaking heat waves, sea-level rise, and mass extinction of species. Native plants have evolved to sustain the diversity of animals we need to maintain our ecosystems. Only native plants can support the insects that provide an essential food source for the hundreds of species of birds, bats, lizards, bears, foxes and other creatures that depend on them. These species and native plants are interdependent, and they are critical to our survival.
By saving wildlife with native plants, we also battle climate change. Our native grasses have deep roots that make them drought resistant, reduce soil erosion and flooding, filter pollutants from ground water and increase rainwater infiltration. These plants remove tons of carbon from the atmosphere and pump it into the soil, out of harm’s way. Nothing sequesters carbon and manages watersheds as well as native forests.
Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles. 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. He is the author of several books, including "Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens." For more information on Tallamy’s work, visit homegrownnationalpark.org.
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