The National Colony Loss Management Survey is organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and is sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). It is important that beekeepers participate in this survey because it will help track losses and evaluate management practices. The survey is open from April 1st until April 30th and can be found at http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2014
The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey because last year we found that commercial beekeepers lost 25% of their colonies over the summer, and so we are now starting to monitor and report annual losses. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. Designed to take about 20 minutes, the 2 surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony loses 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). 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.
Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at beeinformed.org