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NY Bee Wellness
04-08-2017, 10:17 AM
How was winter for you?

We would like to assess the situation for for NON-migratory New York State beekeepers and their beehives. Information may help to determine trends in honeybee health for beekeepers.


All info is confidential, and general results of the survey will be shared in the next NY Bee Wellness newsletter and posted on NYBeeWellness.org . Links to previous years surveys are also on the website. Survey results will be broken down into 8 major regions in New York State.

NY Bee Wellness
04-22-2017, 05:39 PM
Still time to enter your data!

NY Bee Wellness
04-29-2017, 07:08 PM
Last week!

NY Bee Wellness
05-06-2017, 07:31 PM

NY Bee Wellness
05-15-2017, 10:24 AM
Basic result for NYS non-migratory beekeepers:

Winter 2016-2017 48% loss

2015-2016 24%

2014-2015 28%

2013-2014 48%

More details TBA

05-15-2017, 11:04 AM
thanks for posting this, looking forward to the complete data set when it is available.

NY Bee Wellness
05-26-2017, 12:40 PM
Spring Survey 2017 NY Bee Wellness Results!


325 Non-migratory beekeepers reported, from 55 of 62 counties in New York State

3279- Total number of bee colonies in November 2016; average of 10 hives per beekeeper
1702- Total number of bee colonies in April 2017; average of 5 hives per beekeeper

48%- Average loss of colonies during the winter of 2016-2017 (total 1577 hives lost).
The loss for the Winter of 2015-2016 was 24%
The loss for the Winter of 2014-2015 was 28%
The loss for the Winter of 2013-2014 was 48%.

19% of 2016 respondents had zero winter loss
-For the winter of 2015-2016, 32.2% of respondents had zero loss.
-For the winter of 2014-2015, 15.7% of respondents had zero loss.

Potential factors: widespread drought conditions in 2016, previous mild winter, varroa mite/virus population dynamics. Losses were higher in central and western New York.

Region and Loss:
Western 52%; Mid-West 68%, South Central 57%, East Central 51%, North 42%, East 36%, South East 41%, NYC Metro 10%