Summit County Beekeepers Association
The purpose of this association shall be to promote beekeeping generally, to broaden knowledge of beekeeping among its members, to foster the best practices as well as techniques in apiary management and to promote general interest and advancement in all areas of bee culture.

Bee a Part of Research: See Opportunities Below

Dear Beekeeper,           
We need you!  We know it is one of the busiest times of the year for beekeepers and we thank you for taking valuable time from your colonies to participate in the National Colony Loss and Management Survey created by the Bee Informed Partnership and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Please go to our online survey at

SurveyID=BIP2016      and complete the survey there.  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

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey conducted 10 years ago. Now we monitor summer losses as well. Last year, for the first time in the history of this survey, beekeepers reported higher losses in the summer than in the winter. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. The two surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony losses 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. We are also thrilled to release our Best Management Practices in the next few months. Please check back on our website soon for those exciting results!

Some of you may be contacted independently by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA to participate in their first quarterly colony loss survey. We encourage all beekeepers contacted by NASS to answer both BIP and NASS surveys. But we need your responses!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  Once again thank you for your participation.

The Basics:

OSU will be conducting on-farm trials of Drone Brood Removal (DBR) from mid-April to mid-August 2016. Participants will be actively involved in research, and will have the opportunity to learn more about drone brood removal and mite-monitoring using sugar-shakes. Beekeepers who already use DBR are welcome to participate.

The Details:


  • To participate, you must have at least 4 (ideally 6) overwintered hives that you would like to enroll in the study.

  • These hives must have had no mite treatments yet in 2016 (treatments in 2015 are OK).

  • Beekeepers who already use DBR are welcome and encouraged to participate!

  • The study will run from mid-April through mid-August. The study hives cannot receive any additional mite treatment during that time. After the study ends in August, beekeepers are free to apply other mite treatments.



  • Half of the hives will receive the DBR treatment during the study period, and half will receive no treatment.  OSU will provide drone foundation frames.

  • Beekeepers will need to check the brood box of the treatment hives at least once every 2-3 weeks, and will be actively involved in switching out drone frames.

  • Freezer space for at least 3 deep frames is preferred, but not necessary.

  • Once a month, researchers from OSU will check for mites in the study hives using sugar-shakes. The beekeeper is welcome (and encouraged!) to participate, since they know their hives best. We would arrange these visits to fit the beekeeper's schedule.


Hannah Whitehead (M.S. Candidate, OSU)

EMAIL:   PHONE: 216-849-5260

Please contact before April 1, 2016 to participate in the on-farm experiment

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