Bee Informed Survey

Dennis Van Englesdorp, head of the Bee Informed Partnership, is the guest speaker for the CSBA Winter meeting.  I think we should give him an early CO welcome by making sure as many people as possible fill this survey out.

Dear Beekeeper,
The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose aim is to help beekeepers make better management decisions and thus reduce colony losses.  To do this effectively, we need beekeepers,lots of beekeepers, to participate in our survey. We are asking you to please participate in two surveys.  Both surveys are open only from 30 March through 20 April 2012.
You can learn more about the Bee Informed Partnership at
 In advance, thank you for your participation.
 National Winter Loss and Management Survey
The winter loss survey should take less than 5 minutes and the management survey should take less than 20 minutes.
The purpose of the Bee Informed Partnership is to use beekeepers’ real world experiences to help solve beekeepers’ real world problems. We will use the data generated from these two surveys to help you decide which management practices are best for beekeepers like you, who live where you do and have operations similar to yours.  For this to work, we need as many participants as possible…so please take the time to fill out the questionnaire and SEND THIS EMAIL TO ALL THE BEEKEEPERS YOU KNOW asking them to fill out these questionnaires too.
You can see what type of results we will generate by visiting the website and browsing through our results section. Currently we are in the process of posting last year’s management results, so visit the site often to see these results as they are posted and discussed in our BLOG section.
Depending on the number of participants we hope to have the results from this year’ssurvey broken down by region and should have those results posted within months of the survey close date now that we have built the infrastructure needed to automate report generation.
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at or call us at 443.296.2470 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            443.296.2470      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
You can learn more about the Bee Informed Partnership at
Thank you,
The Bee Informed Partnership Team
Dennis vanEngelsdorp

NCBA Package Bee Delivery Info

We are using a custom distribution list to notify those who are participating in the NCBA Package Bee order of the delivery details.  An announcement was sent using that list late on Wednesday, April 11th.  If you are getting packages through the NCBA order and did not receive that email with the NCBA logo at the top, (not a copy of this announcement I sent to discussion list) please email with your name and email address, so I can be sure you’ll get the information you need.

The news is Good!  The bees are now scheduled to arrive about a week earlier than we had anticipated.  Primary distribution is planned for Thursday, April 19th from Noon until 6:30 PM.  Distribution will occur at a location in Johnstown.  We will schedule additional pickup opportunities for Friday, April 20th and Saturday April 21st, for those who aren’t able to pick up their bees earlier.