Please complete a separate survey for each apiary location.

Deadline: ALL surveys must be submitted by March 24, 2018 to be included in the 2018 database.  
Instructions: Check the best answer(s) for multiple choice questions. If a question is not applicable select "NA". Give concise, but accurate answers for short-answer questions. Please note that the purpose of this survey is to record hive mortality (deadouts) and not absconding, in which bees abandon a hive but do not necessarily die. Additional details may be included at the end of the survey.
General Information:

1. The apiary indicated in this survey is located in

2. If possible, please provide a street address with zip code, and/or GPS coordinates for apiary location to assist with weather/climatic data correlations.

3. How many hives/colonies were in this apiary on November 1, 2017?

4. Pertaining to #3, how many hives/colonies in this apiary experienced complete mortality (deadouts)?

5. Pertaining to #3, how many hives/colonies in this apiary survived, but in a significantly weakened state ?

6. Were all hives in the apiary the same style?

7. If you answered "no" to #6, please note all the styles that apply. Next to each style please indicate "survived" or "deadout".

8. Were all hives in the apiary the same variety?

9. If you answered "no" to #8 please note  all varieties that apply.  Next to each variety please indicate "survived" or "deadout".

10. Please give the approximate date/week that you first realized a hive or hives had experienced complete  mortality.  Please list each hive separately. 

11. Hive Management:
Did you use winter hive wrap around the exterior of your hives?

12. Did you insulate the top (inner cover) of the hive?

13. Did you ventilate your hives for the winter?

14. How often did you typically check hives for mortality between Nov. 1, 2017, and March 3, 2018? (Check the one best answer)

15. Were your hive bodies constructed of a material other than solid wood?

16. Did you supplement your food stores for the winter?

17. If you answered "yes" to # 16 and you had deadouts, did the hives experiencing complete mortality have remaining supplements?

18. If you answered "no" to # 16, and you had deadouts, did the hives experiencing complete mortality have remaining honey stores?

19.  Did you treat for varroa mites in or after July 2017?

20. Did you monitor for varroa mites throughout the season?

21. If you monitored for varroa mites please select the choice that best describes your sampling method.

22. If the sugar shake/alcohol wash method was used to monitor varroa mite population levels please indicate the number of mites per 100 bees for the months indicated. Please record as an average per apiary, and not per  hive. If necessary, use the space provided at the end of the survey to elaborate.

23. If IPM (sticky) board was used to monitor varroa mite population levels please indicate the number of mites recorded per 24 hours for the months indicated. Please record as an average per apiary, and not per  hive. If necessary, use the space provided at the end of the survey to elaborate.

24. Optional:

Please provide your name, mailing address, and contact information in the space below.  Results of this survey will be shared at future FCBA meetings and/or newsletters and on the website.

25. Please use the space below to relate any other information that may be pertinent, including
  • any other known factors not covered in the survey that contributed to hive mortality, such as hives being  blown over by the wind, knocked over by animals and /or raided by predators.
  • any absconding activity.
  • any additional information related to varroa mite levels/treatments and/or monitoring activities.

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