I've never heard of them, but here is a paragraph from the website.
""The core management team will consult regularly with both a stakeholder and scientific advisory group. Our stakeholder advisory group is comprised of leaders in the US beekeeping industry, representing such organizations as the American Beekeeping Federation , the American Honey Producers Association , the Apiary Inspectors of America, Project Apis m., the Eastern and Western Apicultural societies, California queen producers association , as well as pollinator-dependent producers such as the Almond Board and Paramount Farms . This group of â€œstakeholdersâ€ will help ensure that we remain focused on delivering information to beekeepers that is meaningful, useful and timely".
It looks legit, but I think I would send an email to Kim Flottum asking his opinion.
His email is [email protected]
This just came in from Kim, so I would say it is definitely legit.
The Bee informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, needs your help and is asking you to please participate in two surveys. Both surveys are open only from 1 April through 18 April 2011. You can learn more about the Bee Informed Partnership at http://beeinformed.org/ . Thank you for your participation.
Please take 20 minutes out of your busy day to complete these two surveys.
The purpose of the Bee Informed Partnership is to use beekeepers' real world experiences to help solve beekeepers' real world problems. We will use the data generated from these two surveys to help you decide which management practices are best for beekeepers like you, who live where you do and have operations similar to yours. For this to work, we need as many participants as possible...so please take the time to fill out the questionnaire and SEND THIS EMAIL TO ALL THE BEEKEEPERS YOU KNOW asking them to fill out these questionnaires too.
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or call us at 443.296.2470.
The message iddee copied came to me in an email from Brushy Mountain, saying it came to them from "Dennis vanEngelsdorp, one of the industry's top researchers working on CCD and honeybee ailments." The name is familiar to me - I believe Mr. van Engelsdorp used to be the head apiarist in PA - so I think there is some legitimacy to these surveys. I plan to fill them out.