Citizen Science at Work

August 23rd and 24th of 2019, citizens of Georgia will be conducting the first ever statewide pollinator census

This includes YOU if you live in Georgia! You will want to be a part of pollinator history!

How will it work? Each citizen scientist (YOU) will choose a favorite pollinator plant that is blooming in their garden for counting. You will count all the insects that land on that plant during a 15-minute period. After you tally the counts, you will upload your data to the webpage. Very simple. The data will be used for researchers to see a snapshot of which pollinators are at work in Georgia on those dates. Do I have to be an entomologist to participate? NO, definitely NOT. We will be asking you to place the insects you see into one of eight categories:
  1. Carpenter bees
  2. Bumble bees
  3. Small bees
  4. Honey bees
  5. Wasps
  6. Flies
  7. Butterflies
  8. Other insects
The online training (Vimeo video at https://GGaPC.org, will teach you how to tell the difference between flies, bees, and wasps. We will give you the tools to understand the basic skills needed to place insects in the categories. It will be very simple and straightforward. Of course, we will be available for any questions. Can school groups participate? ABSOLUTELY! One of the reasons for the August date is to make sure school groups do participate. We will have lesson plans available for teachers use. We have conducted smaller censuses and school groups have really enjoyed the activities. The teachers can tie the census to their STEM activities. If you are a teacher and have a lesson plan on pollinators that you want to share we would love to put the plan on our website and to feature you on upcoming social media. Just email me at beckygri@uga.edu to submit a lesson or for more information. What about families? Can my small family participate? OF COURSE. The census is set up so that individuals can count in their gardens. Will groups be holding special events around the census? YES, the State Botanical Garden in Athens and the Coastal Botanical Garden in Savannah have already started planning special events. Other gardens will follow. Also, contact your local UGA Extension office to see what they have planned. What can we do now to get ready for the census? Plan and plant a pollinator garden , check the webpage and bookmark it (https://GGaPC.org), and contact  beckygri@uga.edu if you have any questions.
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