Great Southeastern Pollinator Census 2024

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The Great Southeast Pollinator Census is a wonderful opportunity to get outside, observe nature, and help contribute to valuable scientific research too! This research plays an important role in protecting our food supply!
On August 23rd and 24th we will be joining a multi-state effort to encourage residents to help protect the region’s vital pollinator population by helping to identify and count the pollinators present near where you live.
Scientists need help understanding the types and quantities of pollinators and where they are located.
The Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Hoke County are holding a pollinator count and educational events at their Pollinator Garden located at the Hoke County Extension Center (645 E. Palmer St, Raeford NC 28376). This is a family event that will include garden demos, pollinator information and an opportunity for kids to make and take their very own butterfly puddler!

The count is part of the Great Southeast Pollinator Census, created by University of Georgia Extension specialist Becky Griffin in 2019. South Carolina joined in 2022, and North Carolina joined in 2023.

This is important because of the function pollinators play in food production.

“Many of our fruits and vegetables have to be pollinated by insects,” said Charlotte Glen, the NC State Extension Master GardenerSM program manager. “To reproduce, they need an insect pollinator to help them out. But many of our pollinator populations are declining. A lot of it is because of foraging and nesting habitat loss. Areas that used to have a lot of natural flowering plants that provide nectar resources aren’t there as much.”

Many people are familiar with a worrying decline in pollinators, particularly bees. The census provides a way to do something about it.

How to Get Involved

  • Visit the Great Southeast Pollinator Census website for in depth information on how to participate and to download counting sheets and insect identification guides.
  • Identify a plant that attracts pollinators, and get ready to count on Aug. 23 and/or 24.
  • Join us at the Hoke County Center in Raeford, NC on Aug 23rd and 24th  Come learn about the different types of pollinators and why they are important!

Citizen science is exciting!

You can make a difference for pollinator conservation just by joining the count!

RelatedGrowing a Pollinator Garden

RelatedThe Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox helps gardeners find the best plants to attract pollinators