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Bee Informed Partnership Survey: Your Input is Needed_April 2012
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Bee Informed Partnership Survey: Your Input is Needed

Survey is Being Conducted from March 30 to April 20, 2012

Every once in a while there are things that come along that demand our response and are so important that we cannot ignore them. This is that time, so please take a few minutes to participate in the second annual Bee Informed Survey. Your input will help to assess the necessary information to perhaps begin answering some questions as to the causes of winter bee dwindling.

The survey is being conducted from March 30 to April 20, 2012, and asks beekeepers to answer what their management practices are and how well their colonies survived the winter. Last year's survey helped to identify many areas to watch and can help all beekeepers adjust their management to increase winter survivability. Visit www.beeinformed.org to see the details of last year's survey.

For example: Did you know the northern states lost an average of 40 percent (northeast was particularly bad) while the south reported a 25-percent loss? Did you know 61 percent of respondents still do not use any Varroa mite products to control our number one enemy? More colonies were lost when kept near corn and cranberries. The survey has yielded hundreds of such comparisons, all reported by beekeepers throughout the United States. Comparisons that include treatments, management practices and regional conditions. Every beekeeper can benefit from this data. 

The more beekeepers who participate the better the information! It is confidential, easy to complete online and the results are developed quickly. The new information is released about every two weeks for anyone to see. The survey needs thousands of beekeepers if the information is going to show meaningful management trends that help winter survival.  This involves everyone, whether you are a beekeeper with a few hives to a commercial beekeeper with 1,000 colonies.  As a community, beekeepers have many answers; we need to tap into that communal knowledge and for that to work we need as many beekeepers to share their stories as possible!

Get involved by participating in this year's survey. Visit the Bee Informed Partnership Web site at www.beeinformed.org and sign up to participate. Share what you are experiencing in a way that can help the national beekeeping community.

posted April 2012

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