Reminder: Deadline is May 31, 2012 to help protect bees by taking Survey

This email serves as a friendly remainder that you have until May 31, 2012 to help protect bees by taking a short survey on pesticide related bee kills. If you have already completed the survey we would like to thank you for your time and feedback. Please forward this email to other beekeepers. Survey results will be available by the end of June. Please visit the PRI website for the latest information.

Background Information

This survey was developed by beekeepers and Pesticide Research Institute to gather information that will be used by the US EPAPesticide 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 May 31, 2012 but encourage you submit the 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 
Susan Kegley 
Pesticide Research Institute

Thank you for your consideration,
Sandra Bustos

Pesticide Research Institute
2768 Shasta Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94708
Phone: (510) 759-9397
Fax: (510) 848-5271

The above post is from Carlen Jupe, Secretary/Treasurer, California State Beekeepers Association.