Survey data is extremely important to researchers and beekeepers to keep a pulse on bee health trends, economics of beekeeping, best management practices, and emerging threats to honey bees. Completing surveys is an easy, anonymous way to contribute directly to honey bee health research!
Here are two efforts that we encourage you to participate in. The first survey, from UC Davis, will gather information that can help growers provide benefits, such as flowering cover crops, to beekeepers (and bees) while pollinating almonds. The second survey, from the Bee Informed Partnership, collects the crucial colony loss and management information that researchers and beekeepers rely on for an up-to-date picture of honey bee health and beekeeping practices year after year.
Economic Value of Contract Enhancements in Almond Pollination
From Dr. Goodrich:
Almost no documented research exists quantifying beekeeper preferences for certain contract features, so this research will provide much-needed information to the beekeeping and almond industries. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. As compensation for your time, you will be provided with a $20 Amazon gift card.
This survey closes on April 15th! Download the letter of consent here.
Take the survey here! (password: Apism2021)
Bee Informed Partnership's Annual Management and Loss Survey
Any beekeeper can participate in this survey, and it is shorter this year! This long-standing effort provides essential data to beekeepers and researchers alike, including the annual colony loss chart and map. This survey closes on April 30th.
Take the survey here!
Cover Crops and Habitat: The Link Between Better Pollination, Healthier Bees and Soil.
Project Apis m. supports a multi-year bee breeding project, to develop and test bees selected for Varroa resistance. The breeding continues year-round in Hilo, Hawaii. The Hilo Bees have been in annual side-by-side trials with unselected bees from Hawaii in several locations throughout the USA, starting in North Dakota in 2016.
Bee Informed Partnership
Honey Bee Health
Honey Bee Management
Honey Bee Nutrition
Honey Bee Research
Seeds For Bees