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 21st and 22nd, 2019.  

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
  • Wasps
  • Flies
  • Butterflies
  • 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 alot of 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 for you to upload your counts.

Can I participate more than once during the two day counting period?  Absolutely!

Will there be events across the state centered around the counting days?  YES, bookmark this website where will be adding events as they are confirmed.   Check with your local UGA Cooperative Extension office as well.

Is this event an appropriate project for schools doing STEM work?  Yes, we will be adding appropriate lesson plans and full support for schools participating.

Who do I contact with any questions or for more information?  Becky Griffin, of University of Georgia Extension’s Urban Ag Center, is the project coordinator.  Contact her at

Our second census takes place in 2020. Every count is important!