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?
Thanks in part to the 130,000 people who signed the petition, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed endangered species act protection to the rusty-patched bumble bee!
Clay Bolt is on a mission to find a the Rusty-patched bumble bee, which has nearly disappeared in the last 15 years.