Why Native Plants Matter

“Every time we force a species to extinction we are encouraging our own demise.” --Douglas Tallamy, entomologist, wildlife ecologist

Not just any plant will do

New England’s insects, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals all evolved in intricate, mutually dependent relationships with the region’s native plants. For example . . .

● Ninety percent of all plant-eating insect species rely on particular native plants.

● Hundreds of mammal, fish, reptile, and bird species feed on insects.

● In North America, 90 percent of bird <species?> feed their young with insects.

Bumblebee collecting pollen from Stylophorum diphyllum

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