Douglas W. Tallamy. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. 2020. 256 pages, 143 color photographs. ISBN 978-1-60469-900-5 $29.95 (hard cover).

Doug Tallamy's new book, Nature's Best Hope, may be well timed and much needed. It was released half-a-year after Fall 2019's Science article documenting the loss of 3 billion North American birds over the last 50 years, and about 6 weeks before most Americans were told to stay home to avoid COVID-19. In lockdown, many of us have grown more aware of our home surroundings—our yards, neighborhoods, and local nature, especially birds.

This is a follow-up to Tallamy's popular Bringing Nature Home (2007; revised 2009), which made the scientific case for planting native flora to benefit insects and wildlife. Its woody plant ranking chart is often quoted: oaks can host over 500 different species of high-protein lepidopteran caterpillars, especially good nestling food. Nature's Best Hope goes further, focusing on ways private...

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