The Beekeeper Blog
Bee Included. Bee Involved. Bee Informed.
Participate today in the National Colony Loss Management Survey organized by the Bee Informed Partnership. This online survey is conducted each year to quantify the colony losses suffered by US beekeepers over the winter. It is so important to gather this information on a national scale, that Oregon Master Beekeeper is offering 1 service point for Journey Beekeeper students that complete this survey for 2014!
Please go to http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2014 and complete the survey. It will be live on April 1st and close on April 30th. 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 http://beeinformed.org/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again thank you for your participation.
The Portland Metro Beekeepers Association is hosting their annual Bee Day on April 26, 2014 in Colton, Oregon.
This is a wonderful day filled with educational talks, in-hive beekeeping demonstrations, and instant friends. Apprentices can earn 2 education points by attending this event. Register today! Space is limited.
Oregon Master Beekeeper T-shirts are available! The shirts are unisex, pre- shrunk, short sleeve ultra cotton. The photo gives you an idea of the color. The sizes run from small to 2X. The cost is $18.00 per T-shirt, which includes shipping.