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17 December 2021 Knowledge Gleaned From the First Great Georgia Pollinator Census
B. Griffin, A.G. LaTora, U. Bhattarai, S.K. Braman
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In August 2019, Georgians were provided the opportunity to participate in a pollinator census, called the Great Georgia Pollinator Census ( This initiative evolved from two pilot projects conducted in 2017 and 2018. Citizen scientists counted insects and placed them into one of eight insect categories: (1) carpenter bee, Xylocopa sp. (Hymenoptera: Apidae); (2) bumble bee, Bombus sp. (Hymenoptera: Apidae); (3) honey bee, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae); (4) small bee (Hymenoptera); (5) wasp (Hymenoptera: Vespidae); (6) fly (Diptera); (7) butterfly or moth (Lepidoptera); or (8) other insects. This project was a yearlong effort that included assisting Georgians in creating sustainable pollinator habitat and increasing participant knowledge of insects and insect-mediated ecosystem services. A sustainable education effort involved the use of a website, newsletters, social media, University of Georgia Extension personnel, and project partners. Over 4,500 participants recorded over 151,000 insect counts in 135 Georgia counties, including 134 schools. Data analysis indicated a significant difference between pollinator counts in rural and urban areas (e.g., carpenter bees were more abundant in urban than in rural areas). Analysis also showed a significant influence of the local presence of honey bee hives on relative proportion of other pollinators as represented in the survey counts.

B. Griffin, A.G. LaTora, U. Bhattarai, and S.K. Braman "Knowledge Gleaned From the First Great Georgia Pollinator Census," Journal of Entomological Science 57(1), 39-63, (17 December 2021).
Received: 22 January 2021; Accepted: 11 April 2021; Published: 17 December 2021

citizen science
community science
pollinator conservation
pollinator education
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