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OLLI Fab Friday: Bryan Tompkins – The Crucial Role of Pollinators – Amazing Facts

January 29, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

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Fab Fridays at OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, are free, virtual and open to non-members as well as members. This session, The Crucial Role of Pollinators – Amazing Facts, features Bryan Tompkins, fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Asheville, and takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Pre-registration is required at this link. Visit the OLLI website for more information.

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NC has over 500 species of bees, 2,300 species of moths, and nearly 200 species of butterflies. Sadly, many of these pollinators are disappearing. Loss of habitat, pesticides, disease, climate change, and invasive species affect the health of native pollinators. We will explore the variety and needs of rare pollinators in NC. There are conservation actions that anyone can take using citizen science platforms.

Join us as we cover enhancing, restoring, and creating pollinator habitat and why it is now more important than ever. Bryan Tompkins first worked with the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but for the past 15 years has been a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Asheville. He is the Southeast Region recovery biologist for the federally endangered rusty-patched bumblebee, and is the Energy Project Coordinator, reviewing energy development projects (hydropower, coal, natural gas, solar, and wind farms) to protect threatened species from negative impacts. He is a founding member of the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance – linking state and federal agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and non-profits in advancing pollinator conservation. He is an active member of the Asheville Bee City Leadership Committee.

2021 Fab Friday Schedule

  • Jan. 15: Carolyn Ward – Showing the Blue Ridge Parkway Some Love
  • Jan. 22: Dr. Thomas Large – Avoiding Hip Fractures
  • Jan. 29: Bryan Tompkins – The Crucial Role of Pollinators – Amazing facts
  • Feb. 5: TBA
  • Feb. 12: Erik Vedeler — Early Electricity in Asheville – an Unlikely Trend Setter in the Gilded Age?
  • Feb. 19: Dr. Tasha Woodall – Do you feel like you take too many medications?


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January 29, 2021
11:30 am - 1:15 pm