Pollinators play important roles in biodiversity, crop production, and even the economy. A 2014 economic impact study by University of Georgia experts determined that the annual value of pollination to Georgia is over $360 million. Even better? The services pollinators provide is totally free.

Pollination is key to seed production, and without pollinators like hummingbirds, bees, ants, butterflies, wasps, and many others, our favorite fruits and vegetables would never make it to our tables. Pollinators are also key to the survival of wild plant species, they help to control pests that destroy agricultural crops and they help in decomposition, which is extremely important in crop production because the process aerates the soil.

Although wasps, ants, and bees don’t yield warm and fuzzy feelings for most people, that doesn’t mean they should be ignored. Pollinator populations are decreasing. Not only in population, but also in diversity. Research from UGA is helping to identify not only the reasons behind the decline, but also what homeowners can do to help them.

Pollinator PSA

Help us spread the word to encourage natural pollinators in yards and gardens.

Shade Gardening Tutorial

Learn in-depth methods for attraciting pollinators in shade gardens.

Our Programs and Services
  • Master Beekeeper A program to increase knowledge of bees and beekeeping.
  • On-Site and Telephone Consultation Available in many county offices for ag producers.
  • On-Site and Telephone Consultation Available in many situations for home owners and consumers.
  • Pesticide Safety Education Program Topics include pest identification, storage and disposal, pesticide drift and runoff prevention, water quality protection, and food safety.
  • Structural Pest Management Program The Structural Pest Management Program on the UGA Griffin campus is dedicated to the continuing education and training of employees of all of Georgia's pest management companies. Annually, more than 65 continuing education hours are available to Georgia's registered and certified pest management company employees through a multitude of training programs.
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Pollinators need more than pollen and nectar to survive and help produce food for people Pollinators are essential to the production of native plants and food crops. To help pollinators like bees and butterflies do their jobs of moving pollen, home gardeners can provide a habitat that provides water and shelter.
A pollinator-friendly garden can be created in the shade For homeowners surrounded by shade, pollinator-friendly landscapes can seem unattainable, but they don’t have to be. Landscapes graced with trees and an abundance of shade can be great resources for pollinators, too.
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Project Collaboration

The Trees for Bees Project to improve pollinator habitats is a multidisciplinary team of UGA researchers, specialists and agents in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension. They include:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Benton, forest health specialist, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Dr. Ellen Bauske, program coordinator, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Dr. Bodie Pennisi, professor of horticulture, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Kris Braman, department head and professor of entomology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Paul Pugliese, Josh Fuder, Kim Toal and Geoffrey Duesterbeck, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agents,
  • Brittani Kelley and Laurie Murrah-Hanson, 4-H Extension Agents

Additional Resources


Pollinator Spaces Project An initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture, this is a step-by-step guide for creating pollinator areas and gardens. 

UGA Honey Bee Program Information on beekeeping in Georgia, honey bee research, and graduate studies.

UGA Department of Entomology Learn more about the entomology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.