Winter Bee Hive Loss Survey

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Beekeepers needed! Our Extension Apiculturist David Tarpy, has asked area beekeepers to participate in a national survey through the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). This survey has provided significant insights into our annual colony losses and their causes. Let’s make NC beekeepers #1 in respondents! Thank you for your interest in participating in the
National Colony Loss Management Survey organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Please go to our online survey at
and complete the survey there. It will be live on April 1st and close on April 30th.&n! bsp; Please do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at

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, in addition to
winter losses. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in
conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. Designed to take about 30 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.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at Once again thank you for your participation.

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp

Project Director, Bee Informed Partnership

University of Maryland

Karen Rennich

Project Manager, Bee Informed Partnership

University of Maryland