The NCRC&DC and Day's Edge Productions presented the award-winning documentary



A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee


This film was shown on September 20, 2019, and recounted a personal search to find the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee. Lisa Moore, Editor-in-Chief, National Wildlife Magazine, says: "This elegant film delivers wonder in every frame. Blending expert science with the exuberance of a bug-loving kid, Bolt takes us on a journey of discovery."  If you are interested in a re-showing of this film, just contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Clay Bolt is one of the producers and writer for the film. He is also a natural history and conservation photographer, specializes in macro photography with an emphasis on invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. He's an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), president-elect of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and co-founder (2009) of Meet Your Neighbours. His current focus is on North America's native bees and the important roles they play in our lives. In 2015, Clay moved to Bozeman, Montana to take on the position of communications lead for WWF's Northern Great Plains Program.  



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Did you know human life depends on these small wildlife?  Bumble bees (shown at right) and other pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of our daily food. Pollinators are essential for our ecosystems and create sustainable natural resources by helping plants reproduce.  These tiny wildlife travel across our environment carrying pollen on their bodies from one plant to another allowing the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants.  Without these creatures, then countless fruits, vegetables, and nuts would cease to exist.  More than half of the world’s oils, fibers and raw materials could disappear.  Without vegetative cover of our lands, erosion would increase, and dust storms would grow.  Without this wondrous ecosystem service, the world as we know it would cease to exist, and today these precious wildlife are increasingly in jeopardy.

You can help!  You can help us spread the wonder of Bee Patches across the North Coast by donating to our Bee Patches and ecosystem sustainability programs today. Your help will make a difference!

Donate online securely through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account)

[Note:  We do business as Conservation Works, but PayPal will take you

to the PayPal site for the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council,


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Or send your check to

Conservation Works

P.O. Box 6417

Santa Rosa, CA 95406


We thank you and the bees thank you!

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This annual event was held on Saturday, October 19, 2019, and was well attended.  We served Wine/Beer & Appetizers, followed by an afternoon barbecue dinner by A Guy and His Grill of Sebastopol.  Held at 180 Studios, 150 Todd Road, Santa Rosa, the event featured music & entertainment, fine wines and good food, a silent auction, raffle, and a small live auction.

Former Supervisor Ernie Carpenter was our special guest and Master of Ceremonies for this lively afternoon benefiting our youth environmental education and action programs.  The 2019 Auction Catalog can be viewed by clicking here.

Questions?  Just telephone 707-978-4149 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



LOT #4                         “GARDEN DELIGHTS”

In this wonderful package, spend an enlightening time with a tour for 4 through the amazing Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen as you explore 25 acres of winding paths through a woodland garden in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. Later, enjoy a VIP Tour & Tasting at the JacuzziFamily Vineyard and the Olive Press for four with a complementary cheese plate (and 15% wine purchase discount). Peruse Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy as you devise your own habitat garden bliss and contribute to biodiversity through his description of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in our suburban gardens. Lastly, put your design to work by using this $50 gift certificate at CalFlora Nursery.

Minimum Bid: $150





LOT #7                         “GAME ON”

Enjoy four admission passes to Cal Skate in Rohnert Park, 4 Fun Passes to the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, and 150 chips at the "Game of Arcade” in Epicenter, Santa Rosa!

 Minimum Bid: $50



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Sponsors are businesses and community members who choose to provide our organization with funding, goods or services that we in turn use to make the Buzz Ball successful. While the funding portion of sponsorship needs no explanation, not everyone knows that sponsors providing goods or services are every bit as needed and welcome.

Cash Sponsorships – the NCRC&DC offers various levels of sponsorship ranging from $500 up to $5,000. Our sponsorship package benefits include onsite promotion, social media inclusion, website presence, and advertising based on the level of sponsorship.

In-Kind Sponsorships – The Buzz Ball is the main fundraising event benefiting the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council's environmental protection and community support programs. In particular, the fundraiser supports our youth environmental education and ACTION programs supporting pollinator habitat planting, water conservation, and waste minimization and composting. We help build the environmental leaders of tomorrow! Through revenues generated, we look to community partners to support the Buzz Ball while also reaching a desirable consumer demographic.

Acknowledgements for sponsorship are provided within the Auction Catalog, on our website and social media, and onsite at the event. Promotion is based on level of sponsorship.  For more details, click HERE.  You may also download and fill out a sponsorship form.

For more information about becoming a sponsor and supporting Buzz Ball, contact Oona Heacock 707-293-8656, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Conservation Works conducts or participates in several fundraising events each year, including:

Spring Human Race--you can join our team and help us walk in the annual Human Race on May 2, 2020 to support our youth education and action programs promoting sustainability, such as Bee Patches.

Summer Buzz BBQ--The annual Buzz BBQ is being held in August in 2020.  Stay tuned so that you can mark your calendars for this fun, entertaining event with music, live and silent auctions, and fine food and drink!

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