The second annual Great Georgia Pollinator Census, sponsored by the University of Georgia, will be Friday and Saturday August 21 and 22.
The second annual Great Georgia Pollinator Census, sponsored by the University of Georgia, will be Friday and Saturday August 21 and 22. Created to bring more awareness to the importance of pollinators and their alarming decline, citizen scientists all over the state will be counting pollinating species of butterflies, bumblebees, small bees, carpenter bees, wasps, and flies on one plant for 15 minutes.
Cherokee Pollinator Garden, near the Rose Garden at Cherokee Lake Park in Thomasville, is a perfect place to participate in the annual census or at anytime enjoy the beautiful American native plants, butterflies, other pollinators and creatures.
The Friends of Lost Creek Forest will be sponsoring a small event at the Cherokee Pollinator Garden on Saturday, August 22 from 10am to 12:30pm. Visitors can simply observe the garden, or learn about butterfly gardening and the importance of native plants, or participate in the census (needed paperwork and training will be available), or learn how to use the app iNaturalist to help you ID anything in nature.
Attendees are asked to wear a mask when interacting with others and maintain social distance. The great outdoors is the safest place to be during the pandemic as long as we maintain these precautions.
Plants for your garden will be available, including larval host + nectar plants: passionvine (hosts Gulf fritillary, zebra longwing, and variegated fritillary), Meyer lemon (giant swallowtail), pink swamp milkweed (monarch and queen), and wild black cherry (450 species of butterflies and moths); plus nectar plants: salt bush, trumpet vine, lyre leaf sage, lizard tail, and blue eyed grass.
For more information such as forms and how to count can be found here.
Don’t forget to tell them HOTC sent you!
***COVID-19 information: Masks, gloves, and social distancing are highly encouraged. If you are immuno-compromised and/or requested to self-quarantine, feeling unwell, have any symptoms of illness, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home and join us at a future opportunity. Please follow all current health guidelines by the CDC and local/state officials, and respect those of our non-profit partners and community agencies.
(Saturday) 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Cherokee Lake Pollinator Garden
420 Covington Avenue
Friends of Lost Creek Forest(229) 227-9844