Hey friends! It’s been a couple weeks since the end of our ioby crowdfunding campaign for the Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante project, and I have some truly exciting news to share with you: we raised over $28,000! This means we are fully funded to get our team of four back on the ground to study and film this exquisitely beautiful little world of bees in one of the most amazing places on Earth. Thank you, one and all, for your support! We would not be doing this without you. More updates from the field will be coming soon! Be sure to follow us right here at BEESofGSENM.com.
We are thrilled to announce that the Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante has the support of the Center for Biological Diversity!
“We’re proud to support this great project, which will simultaneously help raise awareness of the amazingly rich diversity of our native bees and also the huge importance of our public lands for protecting that diversity,” says Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director at the Center.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit organization made up of activists, scientists and lawyers dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places through science, law and creative media. This one line from their mission says it all: “We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.”
You might be familiar with the Center’s work generally from a recent New York Times story about how secretary of the interior nominee David Bernhardt effectively killed a four-year study into the impact that three widely-used pesticides could have on 1,400 endangered species. But you should also know that the Center for Biological Diversity has a strong commitment to protecting bees and other pollinators specifically. For example, in just the past six months, the Center has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list two bees – the Mojave Poppy bee and the Gulf Coast solitary bee – as endangered species. And in 2017, the Center published Pollinators in Peril, a systematic status review of native bees in North America that shows 749 species are likely in decline.
“At a time when both native bees and public lands face unprecedented threats, this project could not be more timely and needed,” Lori Ann says.
We are extremely grateful to the Center for Biological Diversity for its generous contribution to our project. Combined with the incredible support we continue to receive from individuals across the country, our total is now over $13,000!
Thank you one and all for helping move the Bees of GSENM forward! Our crowdfunding campaign has been extended through the end of April, so let’s spread the word and keep this momentum going!
Important news, everyone: We’re extending our ioby campaign through the end of April! Figuring out this crowdfunding piece of the project has been a fascinating learning experience. And one thing we’ve learned is that while one month might be enough time to build momentum – we need two months to keep it rolling!
Our crowdfunding total has been slowly climbing towards our goal, so we want to give that time to continue. Many people have reached out to us and asked if March is the only time they can contribute – would there be ways to add support in the following weeks? We also have some really exciting things coming our way in the next month. And, as previously mentioned, working with ioby means we get to keep whatever amount we raise, which will help cover our cost for getting back on the ground. So, for all these reasons, we’ve decided to push our crowdfunding deadline to April 30.
Big thanks to all of you who have contributed to the Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante so far! We are most grateful! And we’re absolutely thrilled for the opportunities ahead.
An excellent question. And the answer is: Yes!
Everyone on the team is committed to carrying out this research and producing a film to share with all of you. If we don’t meet our fundraising goal before we hit the ground in the spring, then of course we’ll need to adjust how we spend our funds. But we’re still moving forward with our plans.
The wonderful thing about working with ioby is that we get to keep whatever amount we end up raising. Which means every contribution – no matter how big or how small – makes a difference!
And when the crowdfunding campaign ends, that doesn’t mean our fundraising efforts are done. Far from it! Our ioby campaign is just one of several sources of support that we’re pursuing. In fact, we’re going to be fundraising right up until the moment we hit the road and head back to the monument. (And then fundraising again the moment we get back for future stages of the project.)
So, whatever amount we raise before returning to Grand Staircase-Escalante this spring will absolutely help cover the costs of getting back there. Which makes sharing this exquisite little world of bees with you – and the world – so much easier!
Many thanks and much gratitude to everyone who has already contributed!