Nature's Best Hope

Douglas Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Biology at the University of Delaware; Author of Bringing Nature Home; The Living Landscape; and Nature's Best Hope

February 2020

Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.  Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our present-day standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy discusses simple steps that each of us can— and must take— to reverse declining biodiversity and to explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy's groundbreaking book, Bringing Nature Home, was published in 2007 and continues to have national impact; it was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. In 2014, he co-authored The Living Landscape with Rick Darke. His newest book, Nature's Best Hope was published in 2020, concurrently with this event. Doug’s widely respected conservation work and science-based advocacy for native plants continues to be recognized nationally, earning him numerous awards.