TCCHS students take part in state pollinator census

TCCHS students take part in state pollinator census

Submitted photoStephen Sykes stays still to watch an insect. THOMASVILLE — It was a chance to observe nature in action and give a valuable assist to an inaugural state initiative. Students in Thomas County Central High School agricultural education teacher Nikki Smith’s classes took part in The Great Georgia Pollinator Census on Friday, Aug. 23. “First, I wanted them to have an up-close and personal experience watching our honeybees and other pollinators in action,” Smith said. “Second is that I want them to be a part of something bigger than themselves. This is the first-ever pollinator census, and our students can be a part of that. They are helping our environment and aiding future research projects for pollinators. Third is this activity showed the impact that our pollinators have on our community and environment. Students were able to interact with these insects and realize their importance as well as abundance.” Each student received a pollinator insect identification guide and observation sheet. The page asked for information such as garden/location size, the weather and temperature, types of insects observed and if any honeybees lived within five miles of the observation site. TCCHS has a honeybee apiary for which it received […]

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