2013 – 2014 National Management Survey

Survey PictureThe Bee Informed Partnership is proud to release the results of the  fourth annual National Management Survey for years 2013 – 2014.  The results from this survey represent 564,522 colonies, 21.7%  of the country’s 2.6 million colonies*.

The National Management Survey, conducted since 2010, takes an epidemiological approach to acquire a greater understanding of the effects of various colony management practices and their relationship with colony health.  We compare the data of apiaries that suffered high colony losses with those that suffered low colony losses and search for patterns in management practices that lead to lower mortality rates.

Over the years we have been able to work with beekeepers to integrate the best performing management practices that have resulted in fewer colony losses.  An epidemiological study of this magnitude takes years to  complete and each new discovery is a smaller piece of the larger puzzle.

Follow the link below to the 2013 – 2014 National Management Survey to view our results:

2013 – 2014 National Management Survey

* Some questions may not represent all survey respondents.

** Regional results of the 2013 – 2014 National Management Survey are scheduled to be released before the end of 2014.

 

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6 thoughts on “2013 – 2014 National Management Survey

  1. How do you verify the person who submits a survey is in fact a bee keeper and has the number of colonies the person states they had or lost?

  2. Hi Doehunter,

    Thanks for your question. Our National Management Survey is based on a volunteer model where beekeepers take their own initiative to fill out out the survey and provide information. Most beekeepers are contacted through several list servers, bee journals and associations, etc. (which does not mean they are or still are beekeepers per se though). During the validation process we remove aberrant numbers and we check for duplicates coming from the same IP address or typos. For ANY survey there is only so much that can be done to insure valid responses.

    This is true for any survey. People could always tell you lies if they want to, they have just no reason to do so. I think at some point you have to trust that on the 6000+ respondents that we record, the vast majority of them are of good faith.

  3. Hi Emily,

    Thanks for the kind comments about our questionnaire for the survey. We do have an online component for the National Management Survey that the vast majority of the beekeepers use when submitting their results. The link in the results to the questionnaire is only provided so that viewers know what questions we asked on the survey. It is not a representation of the form that we use. However, we do appreciate all input on the survey and thank you for that.

  4. Thanks for the kind comments about our questionnaire for the survey. We do have an online component for the National Management Survey that the vast majority of the beekeepers use when submitting their results. The link in the results to the questionnaire is only provided so that viewers know what questions we asked on the survey. It is not a representation of the form that we use. However, we do appreciate all input on the survey and thank you for that.

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