Butterflies, Bees & You

March 25, 2017
Guelph Curling Club, 816 Woolwich St, Guelph

Pollination Guelph's 10th Annual Pollination Symposium

Butterflies, Bees and You – Exploring the World of Pollination, is a full day of learning, networking, displays, and more!  Featuring a keynote presentation by acclaimed author, Lorraine Johnson, about including native edible plants in your pollinator gardens, it is the place to be if you have any interest in pollinators or pollinator-friendly plants.  It includes a screening of our film, “A Ghost in the Making”, with discussions about bumble bee declines and what can be done to help, information about the launch of the Ontario Pollinator Health Action Plan, amongst a variety of other talks, displays, a seed swap, sale table, and more! Lunch and Breaks provided.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 12-16, 2017
Nevada City & Grass Valley, California.  

A Ghost in the Making, has been chosen as an Official Selection for the 15th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Producers Nathan Dappen from Day's Edge Productions and Rich Hatfield from Xerces Society will both be attending. 

Sunday, Jan 15th @ 10:00am, Nevada City OddfellowsSunday, Jan 15th @ 3:30pm, Nevada Theater

Click here for full schedule.

WiLD SPEAK | Photography Conservation Communications

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Carnegie Institution for Science

This free program will present short environmental films and trailers produced or created by iLCP Fellows and Affiliates, including our films A Ghost in the Making and Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries. This event will be open on a first come, first served basis to the general public as well as to attendees of the Symposium and/or VIP Reception. 

One hour of films will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers included in the listing here.  This event will be emceed by iLCP Senior Fellow Karine Aigner.  Some of the films included are:

Remember When? / Pongo Media & Andy Maser / WWF
Save Goat Island / Robin Moore / Int'l Iguana Foundation
Chiutna River / Balance Media / Patagonia & Save the Chiutna
Bomb Trains on the Hudson / Jon Bowerwaster / Riverkeepers
El Triunfo / Jaime Rojo / BBC Earth
Ghost in the Making / Clay Bolt & Day's Edge / Xerxes Society
Natural Numbers: Marine Ecotourism / Jaime Rojo
Coiba: From Prison to Preservation / Christian Ziegler / STRI
Arrecife Vivo / Pongo Media & iLCP / Centro de Estudio Marinos Honduras
Think Like A Scientist: Boundaries / Krista Schlyer / HHMI

FotoWeekDC // FotoFilms

Sunday, November 13th, 2016
National Geo Headquarters

Experience the breadth of National Geographic storytelling in a series of six short films, including A Ghost in the Making, by and about our explorers and photographers. Curated in partnership with the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

  • #LoveEarth: Director, cinematographer, and editor Pete McBride and editor Michelle Smith condense 10 years of footage of our planet into a 60-second reminder of why the Earth needs all of us to save it.
  • Crossing Over: National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson shares the intimate moments between a dying woman and her family in the final days of her life.
  • A Woman’s Epic Journey to Climb 7 Mountains—Shot on a Phone: Scale the Seven Summits through a reflective character portrait of National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Wasfia Nazreen, shot entirely on an iPhone.
  • A Ghost in the Making: Natural history photographer Clay Bolt tells the story of America’s 4,000 species of native bees and answers the question: Why save a species?
  • In Search of Zots: Meet two rare species of Vampire bat—the new inhabitants of the ruins of a lost Mayan civilization—with University of Mexico Professor of Ecology Rodrigo Medellin and National Geographic photographer Anand Varma.
  • Elk River: Scientist Arthur Middleton, photographer Joe Riis, artist James Prosek, and filmmaker Jenny Nichols trek from Wyoming’s rangeland through snowy mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows to capture the migration pattern of elk.

G2 Green Earth Film Festival

Friday, August 5, 2016
5:30pm - 10:00pm
The G2 Gallery

A night of films meant to spur action, initiate activism, pull at your heartstrings and motivate you to go out and do your part, it includes a panel on "Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism." Nonprofit Partner: iLCP


Women of the Forest @ 6:00 PM
BATWA @ 6:15 PM
Save the Bees @ 6:30 PM
A Ghost in the Making @ 6:30 PM
Forget Shorter Showers @ 6:45 PM
The Fable of the Wolf @6:45 PM
Silent River @ 7:00 PM
Think Like a Scientist: Gorongosa @ 8:30 PM
Catching the Sun @ 8:45 PM

Picked up by the Washington Post

One of the most interesting products served up for Pollinator Week was a short documentary by the nature photographer Clay Bolt. “A Ghost in the Making” was about his quest to find the rusty patched bumblebee, once common and now exceedingly rare. In it, he quotes the Xerces Society’s Rich Hatfield, whose pronouncement aligns squarely with my own view. “Bumblebees and other pollinators really need three things: They need flowers, they need a safe place to build their nest, and they need a pesticide-free environment, and as long as you can provide those things, it truly is a ‘Build it and they will come’ scenario.”
— Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

Clay Bolt joins the "Keep the Hives Alive Tour"

Clay Bolt was invited to speak about the importance of protecting native bees on Capitol Hill as part of the national “Keep the Hives Alive Tour” during #PollinatorWeek (June 13th-23rd), which was organized by a number of other beekeeping, environmental, food and farming groups to help raise awareness about the plight of pollinators and how toxic pesticides contribute to their decline. The Tour was designed to urge EPA, USDA and Congress to take action and support sustainable agriculture. Each stop on the tour differed, ranging from forums to press conferences to rallies. 


Clay spoke on June 22nd to a number of beekeepers, farmers and farmworkers, members of Congress, EPA, USDA, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 


If you haven't, please be sure to watch the film, and sign the petition to speak up for this species! 


Portland Premiere - Friday, June 3, 2016

  • Friday, June 3, 2016
  • 6:00pm  8:00pm
  • Ecotrust Building (map)

In partnership with Ecotrust, the Xerces Society is hosting the Portland premiere of A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee. The film will be followed by a panel discussion to explore bumble bee and pollinator conservation with a multitude of perspectives from urban policy and pesticides to agricultural lands and natural areas management.

• Mark Gamba, Mayor, Milwaukie, OR
• Joshua Chapman, Region 6 Wildlife Program Leader, U.S. Forest Service
• Rowan Steele, Farm Incubator Program Manager, East Multnomah Soil and
   Water Conservation District
• Hatfield (Moderator), Senior Conservation Biologist, The Xerces Society
• Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director, The Xerces Society

Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $5-15.
See link for more details: https://goo.gl/62Ypr9

PETAPIXEL: These Beautiful Photos Highlight the Incredible Diversity of Bees

It’s safe to say natural history photographer Clay Bolt is obsessed with North American bees. What began with a few photos in his backyard in South Carolina back in 2014 has turned into a full blown project aimed at helping document the staggering diversity of North American bees.

After accidentally photographing two different species of North American bee in his own backyard, Clay began doing some research and learned that there are over 4,000 native bee species in North America. “As I began to do more research, I realized that so little was known about our native species, and so at that moment I realized that I could use my photography to begin to tell some of those stories,” he tells Slate.

And that’s exactly what he’s done, documenting the beauty and diversity of North American bees for his project titled “Beautiful Bees.” Below is just a small selection of the many many (many many) photos Clay has captured out in the field:

Click here to read the full article on PetaPixel's website