The Great Georgia Pollinator Census

Citizen Science at Work
August 21st and 22nd, 2020
Coordinated by University of Georgia Extension

Protecting Georgia's pollinators one count at a time!

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Sign up to join us in the Great Georgia Pollinator Census (NOTE: You do not need to sign up to participate!)

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Ten Steps in Participating in the Great Georgia Pollinator Census:

 

  1.  Look at the Insect Counting & Identification Guide (below) to become familiar with how to identify the insects you will see.
  2. Choose a favorite pollinator plant in your garden.  This should be a plant that you have noticed attracts insects!
  3. Print out a counting sheet, find a pencil, grab a comfortable chair and a cool drink.
  4. Head to the garden and set up next to your pollinator plant.
  5. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
  6. Watch your plant for 15 minutes and count how many insects land on any part of that plant.
  7. Put those insects into the census categories: Carpenter Bee; Bumble Bee; Honey Bee; Small Bee; Wasp; Fly; Butterfly/Moth or Other Insects.
  8. Take your counting sheet to your computer and go to this website.  Early on the morning of August 21st the portal will open for you to log your insect counts.  Log your counts!  Every count is important!
  9. Print out your Certificate of Participation.  Hang it up!  Show your friends!
  10. Pat yourself on the back.  You did a great thing for pollinators!

Print a copy of this handy counting sheet to take with you to the garden for counting!  Click HERE to download.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (working cooperatively with Fort Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the counties of Georgia) offers its educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status and is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action organization.