A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, an enchanting short film about the disappearance of the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee and one man’s journey to find out what’s happened to it, is now available to watch online. After being received with acclaim at film festivals this spring, the film is now available at http://www.rustypatched.com/.
Please watch it and share the link with your family, friends, and social networks. If you are a member of a garden club or natural history group, ask them to arrange a viewing, or have a word with your local library to see if they’ll organize a screening.
And once you’ve watched the film, please take a moment to sign the petition. Saving the rusty patched bumble bee will take more than just watching a movie. It needs action at the highest level.
There has been a great deal of attention given to bee declines, but much is focused on domesticated honeybees, and less on the 3,600 species of native bees in the United States. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt has been on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species – the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee.
This film tells the tale of Clay’s journey from state to state in search of this bumble bee. On his travels, Clay meets the scientists and conservationists working tirelessly to preserve it, until he finally comes face to face with his quarry in Wisconsin and discovers an answer to the question that has been nagging him: why save a species?
A Ghost in the Making was produced by Day’s Edge Productions in partnership with the Xerces Society, with funding from Endangered Species Chocolate.
Learn about the status of the Endangered Rusty-patched Bumble Bee in Vermont
Source: Xerces Society eNews, used by permission.