If you have already taken the 2022 Loss and Management Survey, THANK YOU! Please consider sharing this with all the beekeepers in your life!
If you haven’t, please take a few moments to take the survey now!
You’ve heard a lot from us in the last couple of weeks. Thank you for your … patience? In this final week, we thought we would take a step back and let some other folks do the talking. We’re very thankful for the help and support we’re receiving from the whole community. Thank you all, and we’ll be in touch around June to share the results of this year’s survey.
“This survey is how we take bees’ pulse throughout the nation, so we can take steps to improve honey bee colony health. Your collective survey responses do help!“
– Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota
“When it comes to honey bees, no matter if you’re a backyard enthusiast, sideliner, or commercial apiarist, participating in the Loss & Management Survey hosted by the Bee Informed Partnership is critical. When we all share how we’re keeping bees, what we’re treating with (or not), and how honey bees under our care survive, thrive, or die out, we become better stewards of the honey bee collectively.
I encourage all of my viewers to participate in this valuable annual survey. More participation by beekeepers results in a more complete national picture of how bees are doing, and an arrival at a collective Best Practices approach to keeping honey bees. Just like pixels in a photosensor/image, the more there are, the sharper the image is, the more beekeepers participate, the more informed we’ll be. Citizen Science at its best. I’m happy to support the BIP.”
– Frederick Dunn, Cornell University Certified Master Beekeeper, Honey Bee Educator and “YouTuber”.
“The Loss and Management survey is an incredible undertaking every year! It doesn’t just provide us with a reference point for recent colony losses around the country but also helps us tease out trends in honey bee health that would otherwise just be speculation. It gives every beekeeper the chance to be a part of the scientific process and then brings that science back around for their benefit. I doubt you can find a better example of community science at work.”
– Samuel Ramsey, USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab
“The National Loss and Management survey is critical for honey bee researchers across the US. Results help us understand how beekeepers of all shapes and sizes are doing, and also help us express the urgency of colony loss rates to funding agencies who can help us find solutions!”
– Kelly Kulhanek, Washington State University
“The BIP Survey is a key informational data gap filler that nobody does. How would the industry, individual beekeepers, pollinator dependent ag., or environmentalists or Local, State or Federal Gov., or… have any idea of the health status of the managed honey bee industry without BIP? The production agriculture industry that depends on managed honey bees for the huge variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables themselves or seed production to grow them valued at 20 Billion Dollars. And that does not include the health of the environment that honey bees so strongly contribute to. What other industry losses 30%-40% of its ‘livestock’ yearly? Beekeepers and honey bees work together to make up these yearly losses so we can feed ourselves, and our livestock, and maintain environmental fitness.
BIP documents the value of honey bees and their managers. Without BIP, we beekeepers would be relegated to the sidelines because nobody would know or care about our industry’s value. Without this information being available to the media nobody would know or care.”
– Jerry Hayes
“Even though survey fatigue in our small industry is real, the most credible source of information for those of us studying the health of the beekeeping industry year over year is you- the beekeeper. The time you give to take this Annual Survey is well spent, please add your data- and thank you!”
– Danielle Downey Project Apis m
“My team and I use the data generated from the BIP beekeeper surveys to shape our apiculture program at the University of Florida. We develop research projects and implement entire extension programs focused on stressors that beekeepers identify as important through the surveys. The BIP survey data have made our program better for beekeepers and better for the health and productivity of managed honey bee colonies. I ask all beekeepers, regardless of the number of colonies managed, to complete the BIP survey. Your participation really does make a difference!”
– Jamie Ellis, University of Florida
Once again, please take a few moments and take the 2022 Loss and Management Survey now!