Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

In 2015 we embarked on a project to tell the story of the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis), a rare North American native bee that had been petitioned for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Our work was first sponsored by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Endangered Species Chocolate. Through a variety of partnerships, we were able to expand the project to include two classroom videos about bumble bee science (with HHMI), a short web film for the California Academy of Sciences, and a short film with the Highlands Biological Station. Our films helped the Xerces Society gather 128,000 public signatures on a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list Bombus affinis as an Endangered species. The agency officially proposed the bee for Endangered status in September of 2016!

Pollination in the Highlands Plateau

Pollinators are among the most important insects on Earth. Wherever a wide variety of flowering plants grows, a diverse army of pollinators will be there to ensure that those plants can reproduce.Case in point: the Highlands Biological Station in western North Carolina. HBS is a world-class botanical garden and ecological research facility, with an impressive diversity of pollinators on the property. Learn why pollinators are so important to healthy ecosystems in this short film produced by Day's Edge Productions and Clay Bolt for the Highlands Biological Station.

Featuring Dr. Jim Costa and Sonya Carpenter (narrator).

Music by New West Studios; animations by Clay Bolt.

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