OP20 Intro to Ecology: Ecological Communities of the Southern Appalachians

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Thursday May 21

3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Intro to Ecology: Ecological Communities of the Southern Appalachians

Instructor: Dan Lazar

Thursday, May 21; 3 - 4 p.m.

Free; Suggested donation $15

NC EE Criteria II credit

BRN | BREG Elective credit - 1 hour


This illustrated lecture will take you from riverside willows and sycamores to mountaintop spruces and firs, with many stops in between to visit a diverse array of familiar and not-so-familiar Appalachian organisms in their natural habitats.  We will stop by an amphibian breeding pond to observe tadpoles and toads, observe pitcher plants and prickly pear cactus clinging to the same rocky blue ridge summit, and locate the rarest tree in the Southern Appalachians to discover how it survives in a handful of extremely isolated sites.  Join us for this Zoom-based program and experience (virtually) the diversity and beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. 


Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration.



Dan Lazar served for many years as the director of education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as executive director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist program since 2005.


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