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Book Nook: Nature's Best Hope-a New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas Tallamy

Vick Mickunas' 2021 interview with Douglas Tallamy

Our climate is changing. The flora and fauna around us are feeling the pressure of the warming earth and the impact of us, the human beings who are mostly responsible for what is happening right now to the only planet we have.

Do you want to do something to try to improve the situation? Do you have a yard? Is it mostly covered by a lawn? Then you are someone who can change your immediate environment to create habitat and food for our wildlife. If you will consider changing the way that you landscape your yard you can help our birds. Our bird population is in decline because we have all these dead lawns that do not support much insect life, which provides essential sustenance for wildlife.

If you reduce the size of your lawn and plant native trees and plants you can create habitat for the wildlife and also help to reduce carbon in our atmosphere. Douglas Tallamy explains how to go about it in his deeply informative book "Nature's Best Hope-a New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard."

The Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood is sponsoring a community-wide read of this book during April. The library has lots of extra copies of the book for you to read as we prepare for the following virtual events:

April 15 - from 7-8p.m.
Nature's Best Hope- Meanings and Actions
Naturalist Doug Horvath of Five Rivers Metroparks will host a virtual conversation with readers.

April 21 from 7-8p.m.
Watching the Seasons in the Miami Valley
Bill Felker, the host of Poor Will's Almanack on WYSO will share his observations of the natural world around us.

April 22 from 7-8:30p.m.
Nature's Best Hope - a virtual discussion

April 29 from 7-8:30p.m.
Douglas Tallamy, the author of Nature's Best Hope with be making a virtual appearance followed by a Q&A session.

To obtain more information about these events and to register to attend them: wrightlibrary.org/NaturesBestHope

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.