Let It Be An Oak! With Doug Tallamy, Friday, October 5th

Join us Friday, October 5 for Breakfast, Green Networking and Book Signing from 8:30 – 10:00am, then news from the Rye Sustainability Committee and their Tree Fund followed by a FREE talk by noted author and entomologist Doug Tallamy at 10:30am about the importance of planting and maintaining native trees like oaks, shagbark hickories, elms and other wildlife friendly trees in our community.

Once we have decided to restore the ecological integrity of our suburban neighborhoods and open spaces we need to decide what plants to add to our properties. Oaks are superior trees for suburban restoration projects because of their many ecological and aesthetic attributes. Tallamy will compare oak species and other native trees to invasive shade trees in terms of their ability to support animal diversity, protect watersheds, sequester carbon dioxide, and restore lost plant communities.Co-sponsored by Friends of Rye Sustainability Committee. Made possible through a grant from Con Edison

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 92 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 37 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 published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug is also a regular columnist for garden Design magazine. Doug is a Lifetime Honorary Director of Wild Ones and has won the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation, the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, and the 2018 AHS 2018 B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.