Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Can anyone participate? The census is designed for Georgia citizens, of all ages, to participate. School groups, garden groups, families, as well as individuals are encouraged to be a part of the project.
When is the census? This year’s census takes place on August 20th and 21st, 2021.
Do I have to be an entomologist to participate? Absolutely NOT! We are asking for only basic insect identification and we will host training prior to the event through this website. You will be asked to categorize the insects you see into these categories:
- Bumble bees
- Carpenter bees
- Honey bees
- Small bees
- Other Insects
How exactly will we do the counts? You will be asked to choose a favorite pollinator plant (a plant from your garden that shows insect activity) for counting. You should count and identify the insects that land on the flowers of that plant for 15 minutes. A page on this website will be open starting early on August 20th for you to upload your counts.
Do I count every time an insect lands on the plant, even though I know that insect has been on the plant earlier? YES, we are technically counting insect visits so count each time an insect lands on your plant.
Can I participate more than once during the two day counting period? Absolutely!
Is this event an appropriate project for schools doing STEAM work? Yes, we have lesson plans and ideas for teachers.
What about businesses? Can they participate? YES, we have created a tab on the website just for businesses. Some companies encourage their employees to count as part of the company outreach. It is easy to build a small pollinator garden at your business space. Other businesses are bringing in clients to count – think restaurants and breweries.
Who do I contact with any questions or for more information? Becky Griffin is the project coordinator. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org