Wednesday, June 30 at 3 p.m. on Town of Carrboro YouTube
You are invited to celebrate National Pollinator Week in Carrboro and attend a free virtual showing of A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee, a film by Day's Edge Productions, produced in partnership with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Endangered Species Chocolate.
There are more than 4,000 native bee species in North America, including the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). The rusty-patched bumble bee pollinates wildflowers and crops such as apples and cranberries.
Rusty-patched bumble bees once ranged in grasslands throughout the east and upper midwestern U.S., but have declined by 87% in the last 20 years as a result of habitat loss, disease, intensive farming, pesticide use, and climate change. Due to this decline, the rusty-patched bumble bee was the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be listed on the Endangered Species List.
Tune into YouTube.com/CarrboroNC at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, to learn more about these fascinating pollinators!