• The Nature of Oaks

  • The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees
  • By: Douglas W. Tallamy
  • Narrated by: Adam Barr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy changed the conversation about gardening in America. His second book, the New York Times best seller Nature’s Best Hope, urged homeowners to take conservation into their own hands. Now, he is turning his advocacy to one of the most important species of the plant kingdom - the mighty oak tree.

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 that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasure these trees and to act to nurture and protect them. 

©2021 Douglas W. Tallamy (P)2021 Workman Audio

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Comprehensive on value of native oaks & web of life

Excellent on what everyday folks can do to stave off the worst of climate change’s effects on insects, the birds they support, and our everyday quality of life.
Explains the complexity of relationships but not too nerdy!
Appreciate Doug Tallemy’s work - now I have to get busy and do my part.

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a must read!

amazing book but the narrator started out a little dry, especially for how interesting the writing is.

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Excellent, albeit admittedly a bug geek's delight.

very important information for our ecological future, and a possible cure to the homeowner attitude that all oaks are good for is making a mess of fallen leaves. My only reason for knocking off one star from "perfect" is a purely subjective one. This book seems as much about i sects as about oaks, not surprising given Tallamy's etymology credentials. I very much recommend to anyone not familiar with Douglas Tallamy to do a simple you tube search, then consider one of his excellent works: "Bringing Nature Home" and/or "Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts In You Yard."

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Is quick, accessible indro to oaks and ecology

A follow up to his last book, this volume is shorter and more narrower in its focus, but makes an important but makes an important argument in favor of planting in favor of planting oaks in our urban and suburban spaces in order to support a wide range of ecological communities and functions. accessible, engaging, and informative. Not as groundbreaking as his other work has felt, but an important continuation.

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Excellent

Great book, enjoyed the month chapter set up as it is how a naturalist will enjoy them. The planting tips at end will save time by avoiding errors.

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I love Oaks!

I absolutely loved this book! full of great information from beginning to end on the great oak species through the year. The huge bonus is all of the information on all the other insect species that rely on oaks in obvious ways and in many ways it isn't so obvious at all. I am on my 3rd read. Thank you Doug for writing such great works!

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Informative and interesting nature book

I really loved this book. You definitely get a sense of how the author feels about nature. This will make you think twice about nature yourself. It almost makes me want to plant a bunch of trees in the yard.

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Insects of the oaks, would be a better title

The book started right, White oak germinates quickly but the Red oak takes a while. Then came the insects of the oaks. Moths, caterpillars and so on. This is not what i was expected with this name for a title but maybe I understand a little more about the insects that feed on the oaks.

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Plant as many Oaks as possible!

Doug Tallamy's work is great. Follow his advice where you can. Plant as many Oaks as possible!

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Should be Part of Everyone’s Basic Character, Science, and Civic Education

The information is outstanding and in understandable language. The story in the ecology lesson is an excellent platform. The narrator is superb. He sounds like the author in my mind. So there in no barrier to the text, as if it were being performed for performance sake rather then transferring the text to my head. I am planting oaks and will lobby my town to do so as well.