UGA Annual Pollinator Census


2021 Census dates: April 22 – 23

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 2021 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.

How to Participate

Participants can choose to count by themselves at any blooming plant on campus at any time on April 22nd and/or 23rd (what a great way to spend a lunch break), or join a UGA group count from 12-4pm 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, and at the garden on the south side of Old College.

E-mail questions to sustain@uga.edu.

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 beecampusuga@gmail.com. 

Significance of the project and the future of pollinators at UGA

This project is designed to increase the entomological literacy of our citizens, as well as to provide useful data about our local pollinator populations in order to create or add to sustainable pollinator habitat across Georgia.