Rusty-patched Bumble Bee. Photo Copyright: Clay Bolt - Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
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Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species – the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee – has become his white whale.

Traveling from state to state in search of the Rusty-patched, he meets the scientists and conservationists working tirelessly to preserve it. Clay’s journey finally brings him to Wisconsin, where he comes face to face with his quarry and discovers an answer to the question that has been nagging him: why save a species?

Call to Action to help save wild bees

Watch the award-winning short documentary, “A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee”.  If you agree that it’s a powerful motivator, then organize a viewing with your family, neighbours and friends. Why not make it the feature of a family picnic or barbeque?



link to sign Petition to Protect Wild, Native Bees


Sign the Petition to Protect Wild, Native Bees asking the Federal Environment Minister to act now to protect wild bees.  While Canada has already listed the Rusty-patched bumble bee for protection, there are six more native bees needing immediate protection.  Find 10 people to sign the petition. Ask them to make a donation to the Bee Cause Campaign to help keep the pressure on. Can you ask for $10/person to make up a generous donation of $100. to save the bees?

Background Briefing Six at Risk Wild Bees (PDF)