Hi, I’m Clay Bolt. I’m a natural history photographer who has embarked on a multi-year adventure to tell the story North America’s native bees through words, images and video. North America is home to over 4,000 known species of native bees whose services are worth an estimated $3 billion dollars per year to the US economy in the agricultural sector alone. It’s time to celebrate their extraordinary beauty, their value to our world and the challenges that they face each day. We need bees!
The National Geographic Society and Department of Energy and Environment are hosting an evening of short environmental films on the evening of Monday, April 18th that bring global issues into local focus. Artists, scientists, advocates, and everyday people share stories that cross boundaries and give a new voice to our planet and to our wild, wonderful city. Celebrate the earth, the Anacostia River, and the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee! Learn about the BioBlitz coming to DC in May and how to get involved.
Join the conversation in a Q&A with representatives from the films:
• A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee [DC premiere]
• Nature is Speaking [DC Premiere]
• Rules for the Black Birdwatcher
• The Anacostia River: Making Connections
• Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries [Premiere]
Attendees will receive complimentary reusable bags and pollinator plant seeds. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Go here to RSVP!
I was absolutely thrilled to see my first Montana bees of the year this past weekend in Sypes Canyon, which is a beautiful location near Bozeman, Montana. In fact, I saw five bees but this guy took the cake. Anthophora pacifica is a species that one friend referred to as “The Clydesdale of Bees.” Take a look at his fuzzy feet! I think the name is perfect.
Madison, Wisconsin friends: I hope that you’ll be able to join us next Saturday, April 16th at 11am for a very special showing of “A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee” at the Wisconsin Film Festival (Barrymore Theater). I’ll be there, along with entomologist Claudio Gratton and native plant gardener Susan Carpenter who helped me find my first living rusty-patched bumble bee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum will be there as well. Learn more here: http://wifilmfest.org/2016/#Event=16662