Spring Beekeeper Survey


Informed Consent

This is a study conducted by Dr. Reed Johnson, Assistant Professor of Entomology at the Ohio State University, to examine the success of honey bee colonies in the spring. Support for this survey came from a gift made by the Tri-County Beekeepers Association.  The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of nearby crop fields on the appearance of dead bees in front of colonies in the springtime as well as the longer term success of bees kept near crop fields.  

You are beings asked to participate in this study because you are a beekeeper in Ohio and we value your beekeeping experience.  To participate you will complete a brief survey, which will take 5 – 10 minutes.  In the survey, you will be asked a few questions regarding the location of your apiary, survival of bee colonies in the apiary, and the type of crop fields, if present, in the nearby landscape.  Your apiary does not need to be located near crop fields to participate.  

Your participation in this research survey is completely voluntary. You may skip any questions you feel uncomfortable answering or withdraw from the study at any time without any penalty.  Any information you provide through this survey will be kept confidential and only the key personnel of Dr. Johnson’s research team will have access to this information.  Research summaries generated from this study will only be presented in a manner in which individual beekeepers and exact apiary locations are not identifiable.  If you have any questions or concerns about the survey please contact Chia Lin (Lin.724@osu.edu, 614-596-5167) or Reed Johnson (Johnson.5005@osu.edu, 330-202-3523).  For questions about your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact Ms. Sandra Meadows in the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251.  We thank you for your participation!

By beginning the survey, you acknowledge that you have read this information and agree to participate in this research.  

If you manage more than one apiary, please complete ONE SURVEY PER APIARY.
There are 9 questions in this survey.