In September 2015, thanks to the efforts of the Xerces Society and others, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally issued a positive 90-day finding for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee.
On January 10, 2017, the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee became the first bee in the continental U.S. to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
February 9, 2017, the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee listing is put on hold by the Trump Administration, one day before the law is finalized. USFWS moves the finalization date to March 21, 2017.
Clay Bolt is on a mission to find a the Rusty-patched bumble bee, which has nearly disappeared in the last 15 years.