2016-2017 Colony Loss and Management Survey is Live!
April 1st is just around the corner and for beekeepers, that means spring and the opening of the 2016 – 2017 National Colony Loss and National Management Survey. The results that are received from this survey provide valuable information that help us obtain a clear picture of honey bee health throughout the country.
The Loss survey began in 2006 and we added the National Management survey in 2010 and from both of those, we have been able to gain actionable information on which management practices work and which ones do not. By correlating management practices with colony losses between the two surveys we have been able to refine a model to develop the best management practices in beekeeping. Click Here to view our new data management explorer tool and read our our blog on how to use the app to view the loss/management correlations.
Without the aid of the many thousands of beekeepers who participate in this survey we would never be able to obtain the results that we have received in the past and hope to continue to receive in the future.
To help us continue this effort, click the link below to take the National Colony Loss and Management Survey for the 2016-2017 season:
If you would like to take a look at the 2016 – 2017 survey questions before beginning, or to download the survey so that you can take some notes before taking the survey online, click on the link below:
This copy of the survey is meant to serve as an aid to the questions that will are being asked on the survey. It is not meant to be mailed in as a hard copy submission.
We would like to thank everyone who has participated in this survey in the past and hope that you will be able to take some time out of your busy days to fill out the survey this year. You are what makes the survey successful and by taking the time to complete it, you are doing your part in contributing to the national research efforts to increase honey bee survivorship!
Written By: The Bee Informed Team has written 42 post in this blog.
The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we can keep healthier bees. The key to our success is the true partnership we maintain across a wide range of disciplines including traditional honey bee science, economics, statistics, and medical research that makes all these tools available to this important research. And just as important as the tools are the people. We not only have the leading researchers in the honey bee industry, we also have advisory boards from the commercial beekeeping industries, almond and other commercial growers, as well as naturalists and conservationists from across the country.