The NHBA Research Committee works to promote honeybee health in NH.     This work takes two different forms – NH Honey Bee Health Citizen Science Projects   and donations to teams doing research to improve honeybee health.

Citizen Science Projects:

    1. Winter Loss Survey:    Since 2017, NHBA has run a Winter Hive Loss Survey to better understand the trends in our losses.  

         Please follow these links to download survey results for each of the last 3 years:

2018-9 WInter Hive Loss Survey Results

2017-8 Winter Hive Loss Survey Results

2016-17 Winter Hive Loss Survey results

   2.   Deadout CSI Data collection –  A key component to understanding our hive loss is so high is  to start collecting the observations people are making when they autopsy their deadouts.   We have put together a hive-side checklist to record what you see as you go through the dead hive.     Details and a checklist can be found at:

 3. NH Healthy Hives – This is a new multi-year initiative to promote healthy hive management.  Each year there will be a specific management theme to focus on.  The theme for April 2019- March 2020 is “Varroa Mite Testing”. The goal is to get more beekeepers (whether they treat or not) to do testing and make them more aware of their varroa situation. 
More Details about this program, the tracking spreadsheet, instructional videos and more can be found at:


Outside Research currently being funded by NHBA:

  1. Project Apis-M
    • Project Apis-M funds honeybee research ($340K in 2013). Past research has included:
      • Additional cost sharing for the pesticide testing
      • On line learning programs through the University of California
      • Many studies on migratory bees and the almond pollination
    • Their website: has education material (including videos), research reports and a lot of other interesting information.
    • You can sign up for their newsletter  at the web page:
  2. Randy Oliver (
  3. Dr. Samuel Ramsey : Tropilaelaps Mite Research
  4. Zac Lamas, University of Maryland:  Nano-colony Research