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.  This year, during the COVID crisis, we feel most people will be counting at home with their families.

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
  • 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 starting early on August 20th for you to upload your counts.

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

Is this event an appropriate project for schools doing STEM work?  Yes, we have lesson plans and ideas for teachers who are teaching virtually as well as ideas for those who are physically in the classroom.

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

We are protecting Georgia's pollinators one count at a time!