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Mamaroneck Reads Douglas Tallamy: A Virtual Author Talk

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Douglas Tallamy, the visionary conservationist and entomologist, joins us virtually to discuss his book, THE NATURE OF OAKS.

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Hosted by the Mamaroneck Public Library, the Village of Mamaroneck Tree Committee gladly welcomes Douglas Tallamy for a virtual Author Talk about his book, The Nature of Oaks (Timber Press, 2021) on Thursday, October 14, at 7:00pm. It's "an affectionate yet scientifically rich look" (Kirkus) at one of the ancient cornerstones of ecosystems throughout the United States - the oak tree. Register in advance for the October 14 meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Ahead of Douglas Tallamy's October 14 Author Talk, Beverley Sherrid, Co-Chair of the Village's Tree Committee, will lead a virtual Book Discussion Group of Douglas Tallamy's book The Nature of Oaks on Wednesday, September 29, at 7:00pm. Join the discussion on September 29 and then meet the author on October 14! Register in advance for the September 29 meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

NEW: Join the Fall Tree Walk!

Join the Village of Mamaroneck's Tree Committee for a Fall Tree Walk on Sunday, October 17, at 1pm (Rain Date: Sunday, October 24). As part of this year's Fall Tree Walk, Jocelyn Kleinman, Education Director of the Sheldrake Environmental Center, will lead participants as we examine and discuss oak trees, incorporating some of the ideas raised in Douglas Tallamy’s book, THE NATURE OF OAKS and his October 14th Author Talk. Participants will also revisit the trees we saw in the spring, observing the growth and changes that have occurred, as well as explore other tree species on The Parkway.

Meet at the intersection of The Parkway and Boston Post Road.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Register in advance of the October 17 Fall Tree Walk:

Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

(Click here to download the Fall Tree Walk flyer.)


Place a hold on the print edition of The Nature of Oaks in the library catalog. The eBook and eAudiobook are also available through Hoopla with your Mamaroneck Public Library card. Do you prefer to purchase your own copy? It's available at Andersons Larchmont too. Perfect for your summer reading!


Douglas Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught courses in insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, humans and nature, and insect ecology. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His first book Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. It was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. His second book, the New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope, outlines a grassroots approach to conservation. He has won the Garden Club of America Medal for Conservation and the 2018 American Horticultural Society Communication Award.


In The Nature of Oaks, Doug Tallamy turns his advocacy to one of the most important species of the plant kingdom—oak trees. Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders of nature. The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasure these trees and spring into action to help nurture and protect them.

Special thanks to Mamaroneck High School and Rye Neck High School for incorporating The Nature of Oaks into their classes.


Do you have questions about these events? Contact the co-organizers:

  • Linda Bhandari, Program Coordinator at the Mamaroneck Public Library,
  • Robert Ingenito, Public Information Officer for the Village of Mamaroneck,
  • Beverley Sherrid, Co-Chair of the Village of Mamaroneck's Tree Committee,

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