SURVEY FAQs – Tips and Tricks to answering the Bee Informed Partnership’s National Colony Loss and Management Survey

Not even every week has handed since this yr’s Colony Loss and Management survey went LIVE! As of this morning (four/5/2019), greater than 1,200 beekeepers have already entered their info.

WOW! Thank you in your time and continued help!

To date your response price is monitoring earlier years, however in fact, we would like to beat final yr’s numbers! So please, unfold word about our survey far and vast in order that we will go above and past 6,000 responses!

Fortunately you’re extremely keen on helping us to higher perceive your bees; why else would beekeepers submit to us many wonderful questions during the survey period?

That is just one cause why the BIP mailbox is buzzing in April; our workforce is busy as bees responding to those questions.

We respect your interest and helping us to think about how to enhance the survey!

The questions you pose are useful to each the first time respondents, as well as to our loyal individuals who trawl by way of their beekeeping data every year to present us with their info.

We now have compiled an inventory of steadily asked questions which will prove helpful to you if you find yourself filling out the survey.

If you need to see further questions in subsequent yr’s FAQ blog, or expertise issues with the survey (we hope not though), please contact us by way of [email protected]

We’re listening to you!

Might your bees begin this season in robust, wholesome colonies.

Your Bee Informed Survey Staff


Q: Why should I hassle?  What difference will it make?
A: A survey is simply nearly as good as its response fee. The more respondents, the extra representative our outcomes are. Thanks to your solutions, we understand two aims:

One, we estimate the degree of colony loss experienced in the US. We’ve completed this every year since 2007. This is a vital legacy. We wished we had began it 20 years ago. Evaluating the present to the past permits us to see how the state of affairs progresses (or fails to progress).

Two, we will analyze correlations between management practices and colony loss. The identical approach human epidemiologists research our best and worst habits, and how it can influence our health. Correlative knowledge has its limits, but it’s a good way to determine hypotheses that can then be examined experimentally (which we also do in our lab and in the area).

We stay in a worrying world. We all know bees are also dealing with many threats, and typically those threats are outdoors of a beekeeper’s arms. We aren’t ignoring them and we truly hope the knowledge gathered at county degree will help us develop models to inform us about these different environmental variables.

Q: I already took a survey 2 months in the past. Is that this survey totally different?
A: The Bee Informed Partnership Loss and Management Survey is an annual survey which opens every year between April 1st and April 30th. We all know there are extra and extra groups beginning questionnaire-type surveys: we all need to understand how the bees are doing! Our survey has been round for the previous 13 years and we owe it to the dedicated beekeepers supporting us yearly.

Also, the Bee Informed Partnership is a very lively group with a number of packages operating in parallel, comparable to the Sentinel Apiary program. We also assist to handle the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey. Both packages every have a brief questionnaire that we ask beekeepers to fill out after they pattern their colonies. This survey is totally different, as are the knowledge gathered, audience, studies and analyses.

Q: The link required a login. I could not access the survey.
A: The survey should open without any login wanted, however a number of individuals appeared to face the similar situation when following the link offered in personalised emails. According to our IT employees, this could be resulting from some numerous ad block settings. In any case, in case you encounter an issue making an attempt to access the survey, please shut your browser and re-try the unique hyperlink on the essential web page of our website, or copy the URL under instantly into your browser. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Q: I stepped away from my pc and the survey timed out. Can I take it again?
A: Positive, it gets simpler with every time you’re taking it! Just kidding.
For real: Sure, you possibly can take it once more. We are filtering the survey to get rid of duplicates so we’ll solely contemplate your most full set of answers. If that occurred close to the finish of the survey, please contact us, we’d find a way to provide help to.

Q: You’re partial to the knowledge and don’t take all respondents under consideration.
A: All knowledge factors are tremendous essential. You’re proper though, we do exclude some survey responses, primarily as a result of the numbers don’t add up.
BUT, we have now a really strict protocol earlier than invalidating answers (which we explain in the peer-reviewed publications every year). If greater than 100% loss or lower than 0% loss results from offered colony numbers, we’ve got to assume that something went incorrect during the knowledge entry and think about that response invalid. We certainly attempt to embrace as many surveys as attainable. Nathalie and Selina might be hand sifting by way of the answers while validating knowledge entries. They’ll even have an enormous espresso pot next to them for additional energy.

Q: I have not been in a position to assess the survivorship of my colonies yet as we’re means up North.
A: We acknowledge this can be a recurring limitation to surveying in April. Please give us your greatest estimate as to the variety of colonies alive on April 1st. Any colony dying that occurred after would theoretically be captured in next yr’s survey. The survey will probably be open till April 30th so even when you can’t assess your colonies till later in April, that’s high quality and we might be pleased about the knowledge.

Q: I feel you aren’t masking all administration points in your survey / I feel your survey is just too long.
A: Please share your thoughts with us! There’s a specific feedback field and we are very happy to get your enter. Based mostly on the members’ suggestions, we attempt to enhance the survey yearly. We are not looking for to hold you on the pc for hours. Subsequently, we try to attain an optimum between getting sufficient particulars and making the survey too fatiguing. Most questions even have open entries that should permit beekeepers to cover elements they feel are missing from the primary proposed answers. Nathalie, a postdoc in Dennis vanEngelsdorp’s lab (UMD), and Selina, a PhD scholar in Geoffrey Williams’ lab (Auburn) will take a look at every single survey, and be grateful to read some nice messages. It makes our days a lot better!

Q: This survey is extra difficult than my tax declaration!
A: It is that time of yr, isn’t it? The survey goals at estimating the price of colony loss skilled by our respondents, and documenting the sort of practices beekeeper use in their operation last yr. It looks like straightforward questions, however you all know this: “Ask 5 beekeepers a question and you get 15 answers”. The survey aims at making the knowledge very consistent for all beekeepers by eradicating interpretations. If you’d like to know what questions we ask prematurely, don’t hesitate to take a look at the preview (it’s 500 occasions easier to learn by means of too).

Q: What does the BIP workforce get out of this?
A: Nicely, thanks for asking. To begin with, you’re supporting the college students working on this survey. Nathalie is going to publish an in depth 10-year overview of your solutions and Selina will embrace the knowledge in her thesis to graduate with a very good information of beekeepers wants. Based mostly in your answers, we will additionally level out necessary subjects to researchers in order that they don’t run out of tasks.

And relying on your pursuits there are some issues YOU get out of collaborating (aside from proudly representing beekeepers in our country):

I’m principally eager about…

  • Helping!
    • Thanks. With out you we couldn’t do any of this!
  • Bees.
    • In case you are a beekeeper, you have got been stung for life. The honey bees are a special type of bees, but they’re not the solely bees (or even the solely pollinators) on the market which are in hassle. We’re all making an attempt to do our half in understanding and serving to out our pollinators. This survey is part of this effort. It’s in all probability not the only factor you are able to do, however it’s in all probability one among the greatest issues you can do in lower than 2 hours.
  • My bees.
    • Beekeepers love to experiment with their own bees to check what works and what doesn’t. With this survey, it is as in case you experimented with everyone’s bees. Go to our Knowledge Explorer web page to examine remedies and practices. Also look via our other packages to see how we may help you the remainder of the yr.
  • Studying.
    • You’re our sort of individuals! Reap the benefits of our stories to tease out the info that interests you. We’ll publish our Greatest Management Practices soon. Additionally don’t hesitate to print a replica of the survey preview and use it to take notes all by way of the yr.
  • Ranting.
    • Go forward. All of us need to do it from time to time. You’ll feel higher. Simply keep in mind we’re all on the similar group and once we work together, we will accomplish great issues.
  • Cash.
    • Our Knowledge Explorer may curiosity you: you possibly can lookup and decide the practices and merchandise related to the greatest results. It’s correlative knowledge, not trigger and impact, but no less than it might permit you to rethink using products which might be seemingly not displaying any effect.
  • Science.
    • Bees are sentinels of our valuable surroundings. Your knowledge is contributing to the better understanding of the health of the bees. The query of honey bee well being is complicated and integrates many elements, a few of which are not in the hand of beekeepers. By focusing on management practices, we are selecting to decide what beekeepers can do, given our current circumstances.

Written By: The Bee Informed Workforce

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The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts throughout the country from a few of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we will maintain healthier bees.

The key to our success is the true partnership we keep throughout a wide range of disciplines including traditional honey bee science, economics, statistics, and medical analysis that makes all these instruments obtainable to this essential research. And just as necessary as the tools are the individuals. We not only have the leading researchers in the honey bee business, we even have advisory boards from the business beekeeping industries, almond and other business growers, as well as naturalists and conservationists from throughout the country.