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Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run the World

October 13, 2019 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Location: Highland School Rice Theater, Broadview Avenue 597, Warrenton, Virginia

The Warrenton Garden Club is pleased to host Dr. Doug Tallamy, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, for our annual Conservation Forum.

A recent UN report predicts that as many as 1 million species will disappear from planet earth because of human activities. Many of these are insects and nearly all species at risk rely on insects. Insects have already declined 45% since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans!

So how do we build beautiful landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Dr. Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

Dr. Tallamy has authored 88 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 36 years. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

For more information, visit the Warrenton Garden Club's Eventbrite page.

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