Doug Tallamy Municipal/Legislative Lecture

Thursday, March 22 2018 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Categories: Presentation

Franklin & Marshall College
Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium
600 College Avenue, Lancaster PA 17603
FREE to Municipal Staff and Elected Officials
Contact Person: Lydia Martin, 717-392-7891 x 215 or lmartin@lancasterconservancy.org

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us and produce valuable ecosystem services, and what we can do to make our landscapes living ecosystems once again. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.

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