UGA Annual Pollinator Census

2023 Census dates: April 20 – 21

The University of Georgia Pollinator Project is hosting a campus pollinator census in collaboration with Cooperative Extension, Connect to Protect, and UGA faculty and students.

For the April 2023 Census, UGA faculty, staff, and students are invited to spend 15 minutes at any time on either day counting pollinators on any blooming plant on the UGA campus. The information collected will provide valuable data to guide future pollinator enhancement efforts.

Visit these additional website for more information on the Pollinator Project including locations of pollinator gardens, and a guide to taking the census on a mobile device.

TOOLS to TAKE the census

Whether you're an experienced Pollinator Census taker or brand new, the tools below will guide you towards everything you need to know to take the Pollinator Census.


Take the Census! - Mobile Survey

If you're ready to take the census now you can click on this link to see the survey or use your phone to click the QR code below.


Pollinator Census GUIDE

If this is your first time taking the CENSUS take a quick look at this site in advance to see and learn how it works.


Campus Pollinator Habitats

Looking for a location on campus and near you to conduct the Pollinator Census? Look no further. This is a guide to pollinator friendly gardens across campus.


How to Participate

Participants can choose to count by themselves at any blooming plant on campus at any time on April 20th and/or 21st (what a great way to spend a lunch break), or join a UGA group count from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm either day, where information sheets and identification help will be available. Group counts will be at the D.W. Brooks Connect to Protect Garden between the Pharmacy South and Environmental Health Science buildings.

E-mail questions to

Feel free to go old school and print out a Tally Sheet if you'd like to go manual. The counting guide will help you to ID the pollinators.  Otherwise just scan the QR code and head out! 

Tally Sheet (PDF)Counting Guide (PDF)

Quick Guide

  1. Head outside. The best time for counting is on a warm sunny afternoon, but bees are generally out foraging any time a few hours after sunrise, until dusk. 
  2. Choose any flowering plant. Good choices blooming this time of year include phlox and oakleaf hydrangea. Many trees such as dogwood, redbud, and crabapples and are also a good option. Even if there are little to no pollinators on your flowering plant of choice it will provide us with informative data. 
  3. Print the tally sheet, and, sitting next to the plant for 15 minutes, put a tally for each individual respective pollinator you see. If a pollinator leaves the plant and comes back, count it twice. If it moves between flowers on the same plant, only count it once. 
  4. Once finished, please send the tally sheet to or scan the QR code to input your results directly into Survey 1,2,3.                                                                    

ThE Census IS NOW Mobile!

We've made it easier than ever to participate in the Census by making it possible to take via a Mobile Based Survey you can access on your phone!

We're using a georeferenced survey called SURVEY 123

To Access the Survey Simply Point your phone's camera at this QR Code or feel free to fill it out from your computer or tablet from this link.