Nikki Robinson, North Carolina project manager for Wildlands Network, spoke at TEDx Asheville 2022 on Feb. 27 at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

TEDx Asheville 2022 speaker highlights wildlife Safe Passage project

Nikki Robinson, North Carolina project manager for Wildlands Network, spoke at TEDx Asheville 2022 on Feb. 27 at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

As Nikki Robinson took the stage at the final dress rehearsal for TEDx Asheville last month, and the spotlight from the Diana Wortham Theater twinkled in her eyes, she thought, “This is what it feels like to be a deer in the headlights. “

And then she smiled and relaxed a little, realizing the irony of that thought. After several months of preparation, Robinson was right at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts to talk about what it’s like to be an animal trying to cross a busy highway.

The theme of the TEDx Asheville 2022 event was Building Bridges; Opening Doors, a perfect topic for a presentation on how to stop traffic fatalities in North Carolina. One of the nine chosen speakers, Robinson is a native North Carolinian who was inspired by the rich flora and fauna of the southern Appalachian Mountains to the Coastal Plains. One of her personal values ​​is to help others develop a deep connection with nature and become aware of its vulnerability.

A female bear searches for the best opportunity to cross as her cubs surround her at the guardrail on I-64 in Virginia, near the top of Afton Mountain, where Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway meet.

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Robinson is also the North Carolina Project Manager for Wildlands Network, which strives to restore wildlife habitats to restore wildlife corridors throughout North America. In this role, she works with community partners, government agencies, and NGOs to promote wildlife habitat connectivity initiatives across the state.

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