A Time Sensitive Survey on Bees and Pesticides- Your Input is Vital!

(Note: We originally posted a request to participate in this Survey on April 26th. This is additional information on the Survey. If you have not taken the Survey, please consider doing so. Thank you!") Link to Survey:  http://pesticideresearch.com/site/bee-resource-center/survey-on-bees-and-pesticides/ Link to Website: http://pesticideresearch.com/site/

Dear Mr. Steese and Members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association,

My name is Sandra Bustos, I am research assistant at Pesticide
Research Institute and we are working with beekeepers from around the
country to look at some of the effects of pesticides on beehive
health. At the moment, we are looking at the immediate effects that
pesticides may have on beehives, and are trying to understand if there
are particular crops that pose higher risks for exposure. We are
requesting that you help us by distributing a survey on
pesticide-related bill kills to beekeepers in your association and
beyond.

This survey was developed by beekeepers to gather information that
will be used by the US EPA Pesticide Program Dialog Committee (PPDC),
Pollinator Protection Workgroup. The overarching goal is to determine
whether specific crops pose greater or lesser hazards to bees. This
will help the Committee provide recommendations to the EPA to better
protect honey bees from pesticides. Most of the questions focus on
acute bee kills caused by high doses of pesticides, including
insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. When deciding what
constitutes an acute bee kill please consider only events in which
your bees were exposed to high levels of pesticides, and died soon
thereafter. One question at the end asks about hive dwindling and/or
loss over time that might be related to pesticide exposure. You, as a
beekeeper, have valuable experience working with your bees that will
help provide on-the-ground information to improve pesticide regulation
to protect pollinators. We are grateful for your participation in this
survey.

We will accept survey submissions through the end of May but encourage
that you submit survey as soon as possible. Additionally, we want to
emphasize that surveys from all beekeepers, regardless of whether the
beekeeper has experienced pesticide-related bee kills will be very
helpful. The areas in which bees are safe from pesticides are
important to identify as well. The information you provide is
anonymous and will be grouped with other beekeepers' data, so you will
not specifically be identified. If you would like a copy of the survey
results, there is a box at the end of the survey to enter your email
address. This information will be removed prior to submission of the
data to US EPA.

Help by taking the survey now .

Please distribute the survey widely to any and all beekeepers: commercial beekeepers with thousands of hives or hobbyists with a single hive.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Darren Cox
Cox Honeyland
coxhoney@gmail.com
or
Susan Kegley
Pesticide Research Institute
skegley@pesticideresearch.com

Thank you for your consideration,
Sandra Bustos
Pesticide Research Institute
2768 Shasta Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94708

Phone: (510) 759-9397
Fax: (510) 848-5271
E-mail: sandra@pesticideresearch.com
Web: http://pesticideresearch.com/site/
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