BIP Regional Micro Survey Results

I've been following the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) group for the last couple of years and they seem to be doing some good stuff. It was back in 2012 when I first discovered them and started taking their beekeeper surveys.

From their website:
"The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some 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 can keep healthier bees."
I've participated in a few surveys with them in an effort to determine what type of results beekeepers want (and need) and how best to display that information.

Two weeks ago I did a "Micro" survey for a new concept they have where a beekeeper can get "Regional" results and see what other beekeepers in their same region are doing and seeing.

This is powerful stuff, especially for folks like me who are too busy to make it to a local club meeting or don't have a local club to attend.

Today the results came back for Central US region, with almost 100 beekeepers responding for the last two weeks.

The picture is a little small, so click on it for a bigger, easier to read version.

The categories I am most interested in right now are "Added Supers" and "Saw Nectar Flow." It's nice to know what others are seeing in my region, in the high heat of Midwest August weather.

I think what this organization is doing with micro surveys and data gathering is pretty neat. I hope in the future they'll allow data reporting at an even more detailed level. Maybe showing results for my zip code and surrounding 30 miles.

If you've seen an email or heard about BIP, give them 10 minutes of your time partake in their surveys. From what I've seen (even from just this small pilot) the quality of their work looks like promising stuff.

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Robin says...
Date:   August 13, 2014, 7:12 am

Thanks for this, Chris!    I went to the site and signed up.   I started with 2 nucs in June and they aren't drawing past the first deep.   It'd be nice to see if others' bees are [not] doing the same thing.  

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