Aspetuck Land Trust's Haskins Lecture
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Doug Tallamy
“Restoring the Little Things that Run the World”
Desert Reception to Follow.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm, Doors Open at 7:00 pm.
Location: The Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport, CT.
Insect populations have declined 45 percent globally since 1974, according to Tallamy. Pollinators such as bees are essential for the health of all flowering plants including most food crops. A UN study released in May in Paris said the decline of wild bees and other pollinating insects is putting up to $577 billion in annual crop production at risk around the world.
“A world without insects is a world without humans,” said Dr. Tallamy. His talk will discuss the importance of planting more native plants and modifying gardening and land use practices so insect populations are again healthy enough to enhance agriculture plus sustain the diverse animal communities which feed on them. Learn more about Dr. Tallamy’s work.
ALT’s recently announced Green Corridor program is a direct response to this threat. Its goal is to protect 40,000 acres in Fairfield County by either acquiring targeted open space lands or educating and motivating landowners to create more biodiversity on their properties following Dr. Tallamy’s recommendations.
Dr. Tallamy has authored 95 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 39 years. 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. Dr. Tallamy’s new book 'Nature's Best Hope' will be published by Timber Press February 2020. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.
The Haskins Lecture Series honors noted scientists Caryl and Edna Haskins who bequeathed their Westport estate on Green Acre Lane to the Aspetuck Land Trust in 2002 creating the 16 acre preserve named after them.