Local Plant Conservation is more important now than ever

If you read the recent NY Times Magazine article, "The Insect Apocalypse is Here," about increasing declines in insect life, you might be filled with some combination of dread, nihilist angst, or resigned sadness. We follow these articles (and the studies behind them) carefully here at Earth Sangha and I think every one of us has felt that way one time or another, though perhaps more frequently in the last couple of years. But, we shouldn't lose hope! Conservation of local plant life is just as critical now, or perhaps even more so, than ever before. Insect herbivores, as we know from the research of Doug Tallamy and others, need native plant hosts in order to survive. These insects in retur

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Banner: Late October in a mixed stand of hickories, oaks, and American beech at Fountainhead Regional Park, on the northern shore of the Occoquan River, in Fairfax County, Virginia. Photo by Chris Bright. 

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