Beekeeper Survey What is your beekeeping profile? Step 1 of 3 33% What is your age group? Less than 20 years old Between 21 and 35 years Between 36 and 50 years Between 51 and 65 years Between 66 and 80 years Over 80 years What is your gender? Male Female How long have you been keeping bees? Two years or less Two to five years Five to ten years More than ten Who do you keep bees with? It is just me and the bees My spouse or immediate family members Usually a friend I'm employed by a beekeeping business Why do you keep bees? Pastime Special interest To make honey To have a sideline business To help the environment and save the honey bee Other Other reason Where are your hives? Urban location Rural location What type of hives do you use? Langstroth Top Bar Warre Horizontal Have you ever or do you currently volunteer on the chapter level? Yes, Often Yes, Occasionally Never Have you ever or do you currently mentor other beekeepers? Yes Never considered doing so Would like to be a mentor but do not have the time or the opportunity How well do feel that your local chapter meets the needs of its members? Very well Sometimes Needs improvement Never Do you attend the spring and/or summer meetings? Regularly Often Never Do consider yourself a natural or treatment free beekeeper? Yes No Which issues of human influence do you feel are important? (check all that apply) Agricultural chemicals Lack of regulation for honey Honey bee research Beekeeper education Habitat loss for bees Other Other human influence issue Should hobbyist beekeepers be concerned about the spread of the Africanized Honey Bee (AHB) into North Carolina? Yes No Should hobbyist beekeepers be concerned about the potential AHB hybridization of honey bee queens, packages and nucs that originate or are transported from AHB regions? Yes No This is not a problem How do you address varroa mites? Natural practices such as breaking the brood cycle, selective breeding In-hive pesticides Naturally occurring compounds such as formic and oxalic acids or thymol Treatment free - no intervention of any kind including feeding Varroa mites are not a problem for honey bees What topics would you like to hear more about at the spring and summer meetings? Nutrition Colony management Research Hive products Honey production Varroa mites Queen rearing Swarm catching Bear fences Honey bee plants Apitherapy Viruses and diseases Honey bee behavior Are you allergic* to bee stings? Yes No *a reaction somewhere on the body other than the sting siteDo you require an EpiPen when keeping bees? Yes No How do you increase your colonies? Purchase package bees Purchase nucs Make splits and requeen How do you procure queens? Let the colony produce its own queen Purchase a queen Raise queens in mating colonies Are you knowledgeable about apitherapy? Very knowledgeable Somewhat knowledgeable Would like to learn more Not interested On average, how many pounds of honey do you harvest each year? None, the honey is left for the bees < 50 51 - 150 151 - 500 501 - 2000 2001 - 10,000 10,001 - 25,000 > 25,000 What is your occupation? What could the NCSBA do to better serve the members?What could the NCSBA do to better serve the local chapters?Do you support the NCSBA’s effort to help the Apiculture Program at NCSU? Why yes or no?Do you think a new bee lab is needed at NCSU? Why yes or no?Have you registered the location of your hives? Why yes or no?What do you think about the overall quality of packages and nucs from out of state sources?What do you think is jeopardizing the prolificacy of honey bees?What are your feelings about agricultural chemical usage?Should the beekeeping community stop using mite treatments for honey bees and allow nonresistant bees to die?Have you ever consulted with one of the NCDA bee inspectors?NameThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.