Guild Hive Census

About the Census: 2016 Hive Census for San Mateo County The Bee Selective, a project of the Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County, is happy to share with you this year's Hive Census. As a beekeeper you likely try different approaches to manage your hives and your practice evolves over time. By sharing your experiences, we can all learn how well our bees are surviving and try to evaluate what worked and what did not.

We would love the anonymous participation of any San Mateo County beekeeper in our Annual Hive Census. Please forward this email to any county beekeeper you know who is not a member of our Guild. 1.

You can also optionally participate in a raffle to win a $75 or $25 gift card!

The survey uses the format of the Bee Informed Partnership, a national effort to collect information on colony survival that has been used to shape national policy. As a result, we can compare our outcomes to theirs. Information is collected for three dates to calculate "Summer Survival" (Apr 1 – Oct 1, 2015), "Winter Survival" (Oct 1, 2015 – Apr 1, 2016), and also "Annual Survival". The survey asks for information on a hive-by-hive basis to help us evaluate specific impacts on survival, from treatments (if any), to hive source, location, and management.

You should be able to complete the survey in 5–10 minutes if you do the following first:

  1. Make a list of each of the colonies you had from April 1, 2015 to April 1, 2016.
    • List the date acquired and when it died (if applicable).
    • If possible also note when the hive was given away or sold; split, combined, or re-queened; what pest treatments (if any) were used on each hive.
    • Please also note how you got each colony, the style of equipment, where it was kept — and try to remember if it had a good temperament!
  2. Please include ALL your hives in the survey, whether they are in San Mateo County or not; but if you have more than one person looking after your hives, please only one of you should complete the survey

The Bee Selective will post survey results at so that you can learn from others and possibly improve your beekeeping. If you have any questions, problems, or prefer to provide data directly to me, please contact: nickieirvine at Thank you in advance for participating! The Bee Selective

Concerned About Privacy?

No personal information will be included in the data analysis or final report, and Survey Monkey will not retain or use any of our data, including your contact information.

Why Are We Doing This?

The Marin Beekeepers Association started an Annual Hive Census in 2009 and their members find it very helpful, and their practices have indeed changed as a result. We hope you will participate and benefit from our collective experiences.