Saving the bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante

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Olivia diadasia peeking out of her nest. Photo by Matt Kelly.

Taking a moment this week to give a shout out to my friend and colleague Matt Kelly, who together with biologists Olivia Carril and Joe Wilson, has launched a crowdfunding campaign centered on the incredible bee community of Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is an extraordinary site in terms of bee diversity, housing some 660 native species. This rivals the number of bee species found – just 770 – in all the U.S. states found east of the Mississippi. Matt and crew not only want to go back to Grand Staircase-Escalante and find out what is happening with this very special and diverse community, they would like to make a film to tell the world about it.

You can contribute: Visit their ioby site to learn more about the project, contribute at a level that’s comfortable for you. No amount is too small – every dollar will make a difference for this very important research and science communication effort.

I’ll leave it at that and let you go elsewhere to learn more. Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in saving the bees!

The Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante trailer from Matt Kelly on Vimeo.


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