Note: The survey has closed. The results of the 2015 Loss Survey and 2014 Pollination Economics Report are now available!
The OSU Bee Lab, in our continuing documentation of PNW beekeeper overwintering losses and the business of pollination, conducted survey among larger-scale (commercial and semi-commercial) beekeepers seeking loss information and rental fees. If you did not receive a survey please contact Dewey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ramesh (email@example.com) and one will be sent. We ask all those willing to provide this information to return the survey in the postage-paid envelope provided before end of April.
Smaller-scale (backyard) Oregon beekeeper loss survey. I will be distributing a paper survey for smaller-scale beekeepers to at March/April association meetings. If you miss me or prefer to do complete a overwintering loss survey as an online survey instrument go to http://bit.ly/2015PUBSurvey. It will take but a few minutes. We appreciate past involvement and ask that you help us make this information available once again this spring. If you prefer to do a paper survey, please download the pdf version of the survey located after this article, print it, and mail it to the address provided in the survey.
Our Oregon survey should not interfere with the great response of Oregon beekeepers to the National BIP survey. The survey is electronic and this year will be available during the entire month of April (as last year). You can sign up for a reminder by visiting the www.beeinformed.org website. In 2014, 222 Oregon beekeepers managing 50,691 colonies, had a 17+1.7% overwinter colony loss rate and for the entire season 30.2+2.4% colonies (a full report will be in an upcoming Apidologie and is available on the beeinformed.org website). Thank you all for sending this information and please continue to send us your information this spring.