Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored eighty research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for thirty-two 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 first 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 Writer’s Association. He was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.
His second book: Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard - a clarion call for the informed appreciation of native plants and the immediate course correction of using them in our own planting spaces to form the connected corridors that will help forestall the loss of species and the loss of ecosystem services that are we currently experiencing.
And his most recent title: The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees is a much needed call on why we should plant and protect more of these diverse, life-giving giants.
Doug and his wife Cindy have been generous supporters of Saving Birds since 2007. The results of his research have informed our work since then. He has brought his engaging and informative program to our Discovery Center numerous times since then.