College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences releases media relations report on the Bee Informed Partnership 2014-15 Honey Bee Colony Loss Survey Results
Entomology’s Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Nathalie Steinhauer, Karen Rennich and their colleagues with the Bee Informed Partnershipreleased the 2014-15results of their annual honey bee colony losssurvey on May 13, 2015. Results of the survey suggest that beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared to last year, summer losses--and consequently, total annual losses— were more severe. This is the first time summer losses have eclipsed winter losses since the survey began tracking summer losses five years ago.
The Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences communications team developed a media outreach program to build awareness of the findings. By leveraging a CMNS press release, this outreach effort resulted in more than 190original media stories.