2016 National Honey Bee Health Survey

Factors Affecting Honey Bee Health

Survey purpose:

To document which bee disease/parasites/pests of honey bees are present in Colorado and the U.S. and to provide information on the causes of honey bee decline. The survey will also evaluate pollen from sampled hives for the presence of exposure to pesticides.

This survey will contribute to ongoing research on potential synergisms between pesticides and bee diseases.

No Cost:

The survey is completely voluntary and free.

Requirements:

Participating apiaries must have four or more hives. CDA will sample from 24 apiaries statewide. Past focus has been on apiaries with 8 or more hives. We want to get a more representative picture of honey bee health in the state.

The CDA will sample from 24 apiaries statewide. Past focus has been on apiaries with eight or more hives. This year we have approval to include apiaries with as little as 4 hives. We want to get a more representative picture of honey bee health in the state.

Contacts:

Jeanne Ring
State Survey Coordinator
303-869-9076

Laura Pottorff
Apiary, Export, Nursery, PlantPest, Quarantine, and Seed Programs
303-869-9070