Montana Winter Colony Losses 2018-19
Please complete by Friday April 12.
The leadership of the Beekeepers of the Bitterroot wanted to learn more about winter losses across Montana after taking an informal club member survey at a meeting recently and finding that the group had a pretty staggering loss so far! We hope you all have fared better.
This is an anonymous survey, and we really appreciate you taking your time to fill this out. We'll be sharing the results on our website
shortly after April 15. The results will be reported in aggregate and no personally identifying information is being collected. Please feel free to share this with other beekeepers you know.
Jaylene Naylor and Loren Stormo
If you have any questions or would like us to email you when the survey results are complete:
In what county do you keep (most of) your bees?
(Optional) Where are your colonies located, more specifically? (east of Missoula, for example)
Number of colonies alive in September/October, 2018
Number of colonies alive in March, 2019
How many years of beekeeping experience do you have?
3 - 5 years
5 - 10 years
More than 10 years
Did you monitor for mites?
Did you apply mite treatments in 2018?
Winterization - select all that apply
Bottom entrances closed down
Top entrances provided
Dead Colony Post-Mortem. Pick one colony, or the most common, to report on.
Dead Bees Inside Hive (on frames and bottom board): Starvation - Insufficient (sparse) Food stores in hive, dead bees head-first into cells
Dead Bees Inside Hive (on frames and bottom board): Chilled – Failed to break cluster and move to remaining food stores
Dead Bees Inside Hive (on frames and bottom board): Small Cluster – too few bees to properly thermoregulate (less than a quart of bees)
Dead Bees Inside Hive (on frames and bottom board): Mostly piled on bottom board
Dead Bees Inside Hive (on frames and bottom board): Mostly on snow or ground outside hive (1 cup or more)
Few or No Bees inside Hive (less than 1-2 cups): Good supply of food remaining inside hive
Few or No Bees inside Hive (less than 1-2 cups): Little or no food remaining inside hive
Other: Animal - bear, badger, human damage to hive
Other: Blown over, buried under snow, trapping bees inside, lids off, entrances not reduced
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
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