We will again be seeking the cooperation of Pacific Northwest beekeepers with the annual Overwinter Loss Survey. Large-scale beekeepers will be mailed a single-page colony loss survey in March and asked to kindly fill that out within a month (if at all possible), and send it back in the postage-paid envelope. If you prefer, you can also complete this survey electronically at: pnwhoneybeesurvey.com/survey. The first question (number of colonies) separates larger-scale from backyard beekeepers. Survey opens March 15 and continues through April.
We appreciate your past involvement and ask that you help provide us this information once again this spring. Participation in the Pacific Northwest Overwinter Loss Survey should not interfere with the great response of Oregon beekeepers to the National BIP survey. The BIP electronic survey 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. During your visit, look for the recent compilations of data on overwintering management, mite control, and other useful information; you can also look at just Oregon responses now on the website.
Oregon beekeepers involved in pollination colony rental should also have received a paper survey form asking for information on number of colonies, colony rental price, and crops pollinated in our annual Pollination Economics Survey. Started by Mike Burgett, this survey has data now for over 30 years. It is the largest continuous database of its kind. If you have not returned the surveys yet, then please do so at your earliest convenience.
If you rent colonies for pollination and did not receive this survey, or your loss survey has not arrived, then please contact Ramesh at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dewey M. Caron & Ramesh Sagili