Bees Are Crucial To Any Community’s Ecology

Bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in supporting the growth of valuable plant species that in-turn supports the food supply for other species – including people.  In recent years bees and other pollinators have become increasingly endangered and more communities have become aware of the need to support their protection and health.

The Sandy Springs Bee City USA was formed by a group of Sandy Springs residents to create a pollinator-friendly community and to support the larger mission of contributing to sustaining a pollinator-friendly environment.

Our Sandy Springs Bee City USA non-profit organization was organized under the umbrella of the Bee City USA non-profit group, an initiative of the Xerces Society whose mission is to support the protection and health of pollinators.

Bee City USA® and Bee Campus USA work to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators, in particular the more than 3,600 species of native bees in this country, by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides. Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA are initiatives of the     Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

We are committed to fostering a pollinator-friendly ecology and to educating the local community about the value of pollinators and how to contribute to the best practices of sustaining a healthy pollinator environment.

We hope you’ll join us in our quest.

Help Bees and Become a Citizen Scientist 

Sandy Springs citizens have a wonderful opportunity to help protect Georgia’s pollinators this month, one count at a time. The Great Georgia Pollinator Census is a citizen science project taking place on August 20 and 21. Across the state folks will be taking 15 minutes out of their day to count how many pollinators land on a pollinator plant (any plant you see that has insect activity on the blossoms). 

The website has everything you need to complete a count with your friends, kids, classroom, garden club or workplace! Just print the counting sheet and use the helpful info to help you identify the insects you spot into basic categories: 

  • Bumble bees
  • Carpenter bees
  • Honey bees
  • Small bees
  • Wasps
  • Flies
  • Butterflies
  • Other Insects

After the count, go back to the website to report your findings. It’s easy!

Why participate?

Data collected from the Great Georgia Pollinator Census is helping environmental scientists better understand and protect our State’s valuable pollinators. Aside from that, it’s fun! It’s a great activity for everyone from seniors to little ones. The Great Georgia Pollinator Census website has ideas for classrooms to use the event in their STEAM curriculum, and for  businesses to use the event to create a community event.

Who do I contact with any questions or for more information? Becky Griffin is the project coordinator.  Contact her at beckygri@uga.edu