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…

In case you’re interested in following the project in other places I recently released two pieces: One with some fun facts on North American native bees for Mother Nature News and another detailing some of the wonderful challenges of identifying North American Native Bees for National Geographic’s Voices Blog. Check them out if you have time! And if you’re interested in older posts visit the “In the News” page.

While shooting for National Geographic in San Francisco last week,¬†Neil Losin and I hoped to find a beautiful endemic and very rare damselfly known as the San Francisco Forktail Damselfly (Ishnura gemina). One of the primary sites that it lives in is essentially a ditch on the side of the road near Fort Point. Unfortunately, we didn’t find flying adults because it is a bit early in the season. Instead, I turned my focus on the many bumble bees (dark color form of Bombus melanopygus) that were busy…