Take the Bee Informed Survey to help the bees

Dear Beekeeper,

Warm up your keyboard, grab a cup of coffee and take the Bee Informed Partnership National Colony Loss and Management Surveys!

We need you! We know it is one of the busiest times of the year for beekeepers and we thank you for taking valuable time from your colonies to participate in the National Colony Loss and Management Surveys. The surveys are now live and will close on April 30th!

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey conducted 11 years ago. Now we monitor summer losses as well. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. The two surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony losses and colony management (including disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Please share this survey information with your beekeeper friends and clubs!

We are excited to share our dynamic state map located at https://bip2.beeinformed.org/geo where you can view state losses from all years of the survey.  At that site, you will see annual, winter and summer losses as well as the number of participants and colony numbers for your state. Dynamic management reports that have resulted from previous years' surveys can now be found at https://bip2.beeinformed.org/survey. This exciting data management explorer lets you see what actionable practices are correlated with improving survivorship!

We need your responses! Some of you may be contacted independently by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA to participate in their first quarterly colony loss survey. We encourage all beekeepers contacted by NASS to answer BOTH BIP and NASS surveys.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected].

Once again, thank you for your participation,
The Bee Informed Partnership

The Fine Print (read quickly and with a serious voice):
Please do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at http://beeinformed.org/.

Again, your participation in this research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

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