Waxing Poetic – A reminder of the BIP survey

Bee Informed Partnership’s Easter Basket

By Selina Bruckner, Auburn University

Dear beekeepers of America,

Easter Sunday is so close; but before celebrating we would propose,
For you to read this piece of poetry; which is much more than pure pleasantry.

April is almost coming to an end; most of which our bees have spent
Foraging on blooming flowers; while you invested all your powers
In adding boxes and catching swarms; because now that the weather warms
Bees get busy and buzz around; making their beekeepers really proud.

The question is: Have those bees, survived last winters’ freeze?
Or did you lose a colony? What an awful tragedy!
Did you check all of your hives; for the dangerous Varroa mite thrives?
Every year, BIP likes to ask; these questions to fulfill their task:
Quantify bee losses in the States; identify treatments and their rates,
Look at managements in each season; and ask: May this be a potential reason
Why honey bees will die? You can help to answer this huge “WHY”?!
So, before April ends for real; we kindly ask you to reveal
Your apiary notes from last year, and add them to the survey HERE.
The survey closes on April’s last; so go online, take the survey fast!
We appreciate your time and wish to say; Bee Informed and enjoy your day.


BIP Survey Link: https://26.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=LMS2019#

Written By: The Bee Informed Team

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The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we can keep healthier bees. The key to our success is the true partnership we maintain across a wide range of disciplines including traditional honey bee science, economics, statistics, and medical research that makes all these tools available to this important research. And just as important as the tools are the people. We not only have the leading researchers in the honey bee industry, we also have advisory boards from the commercial beekeeping industries, almond and other commercial growers, as well as naturalists and conservationists from across the country.