At a time when we need to learn everything we can about bees to protect them, the lands where they are most abundant are suddenly being threatened. The Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante is a research and documentary film project that follows two of the nation’s most prominent bee researchers as they return to their backcountry stomping grounds in southern Utah. Twenty years ago they showed us what an incredible hot spot for bee diversity this place is; now, they follow up on that work as the protections for these lands are being stripped away.
Matt Kelly is an independent journalist and storyteller. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Civil Eats and Gannett news publications. He is the creator, editor and host of the Bee Report newsletter and podcast (TheBeeReport.com). Matt is also a volunteer EMT and firefighter, 24/7/365.