Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Who can participate in the census? The census is designed for citizens of Georgia – and now South Carolina! – of all ages to participate. We encourage school groups, gardeners, families and individuals to be a part of the project. You do not need to be an entomologist to partake; we ask for only basic insect identification into these categories:
- Bumble bees
- Carpenter bees
- Honey bees
- Small bees
- Other Insects
We also offer the 2022 Insect Counting and Identification Guide online to provide more insights to help participants prepare. If you would like to learn more about how to join, register for our free virtual training on July 28th.
When is the census? This year’s census takes place on August 19-20, 2022.
How do participants count? You will be asked to choose a favorite pollinator plant – a plant from your garden that shows insect activity, for example – for counting. You should count and identify the insects that land on the flowers of that plant for 15 minutes. To make sure your counts are included in our database, visit this website again on August 20, where you will find a pop-up prompting you to add your information.
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, not just the number of insects, so be sure to count each time any insect lands on your plant – regardless of whether it’s been there before.
Can I participate more than once during the two-day counting period? Absolutely!
Is this event an appropriate project for K-12 schools doing STEAM work? Yes, we have lesson plans and ideas for teachers which can be found in our educator resources.
What about businesses? Can they participate? Yes, some companies encourage their employees to count as part of the company outreach. Other businesses, like restaurants and breweries, make an event of the count, asking their clients to join. Businesses can also build a small pollinator garden in their space or plant pollinator-attracting plants in their existing spaces. Check out our business resources to learn more about how to get started.
Who do I contact with questions or for more information? Becky Griffin is the project coordinator. Contact her at email@example.com.