BEMP Events & Opportunities
We are now accepting applications for two summer high school internship positions that will be based out of our UNM (go Lobos!!) BEMP office. These positions will involve field work on many mornings (while it is still cool outside) and lab work on many afternoons. Students will help collect data on depth to groundwater, arthropods, litterfall, precipitation, and groundwater and river chemistry at many of our 30 BEMP research sites throughout the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Students will also help with trail maintenance. See this file for more information.
Applications are due to Kim Fike at: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm on March 27.
Thursday, April 30th 2015 = 7-12th BEMP/WW Congress - El Rancho de los Golondrinas (10-2:00 pm)
Friday, May 1st 2015 = 4-6th BEMP Congress - Bosque School (9:30-1:30 pm)
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 BEMP hosted the Crawford/Next Generation Symposium at the University of New Mexico (UNM), highlighting our partnership between UNM and Bosque School. High school students from South Valley Academy, Amy Beihl High School, Albuquerque Institute for Math and Science, Bosque School and Albuquerque Academy as well as UNM Biology Master's student and BEMP Ecologist Kim Fike (pictured here) presented their student research with about 120 people in attendance!
Keynote speaker Laura McCarthy from The Nature Conservancy spoke about the importance of protecting upstream watersheds and its impact on downstream water quality. BEMP Biologist Sean O'Neill highlighted the "APS in the Woods" summer program where elementary and middle school students were given academic enrichment experiences, and Biologist Rowan Converse talked about tamarisk leaf beetle collections along the Middle Rio Grande. Elizabeth Milford from Natural Heritage New Mexico introduced the developing riparian wetland rapid assessment protocol, and Dr. Rob Miller, chair of UNM Department of Biology shared his memory of Dr. Cliff Crawford and welcomed us all to the university.
UNM BIO 499 Student Rhett Spencer represented BEMP at their 1st UNM Biology Research Day showing in Spring, 2014. Rhett's poster Broadening Environmental Awareness through Engagement with BEMP
is located in the halls of the Black Institute/Upper School Science building at Bosque School and can be viewed by clicking on the title. :)
Porky's Quest: An Adventure in the Rio Grande Bosque
Learn about the riverside forest and it's critter community from Porky, a young porcupine determined to understand the importance of the Rio Grande bosque and the community that works to monitor it. This chapter book, perfect for upper elementary and above, captures the beauty and uniqueness of the middle Rio Grande with excellent illustrations and a fun story.
See KOAT, Channel 7's November 2014 take on our groundwater monitoring by clicking HERE
BEMP on Good Day New Mexico: KOB, Channel 4
The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)
Science, Education and Stewardship
The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program is joint effort coordinated by the University of New Mexico's (UNM) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network and Bosque School. BEMP research is conducted by student and citizen volunteers along the Middle Rio Grande and its associated riparian forest, known locally by its Spanish name 'bosque'. Through this project, citizen and student groups accept responsibility for gathering long-term data related to the overall condition of the forest ecosystem located along New Mexico's most prominent river. Primary program start up funding was through the National Science Foundation.
Through this program, many people who are not formal scientists gather meaningful data on the bosque's overall condition. With this approach, citizen volunteers build direct connections with their local environment and in so doing, increase public understanding of a complex ecosystem as well as fulfill essential research needs.
The program consists of a series of 30 research sites along 560 km (350 miles) of the Rio Grande. Sites are presently located between Ohkay Owingeh pueblo and Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Monitoring activities are synchronized between sites with volunteers (primarily grade K-12 students and their teachers) collecting long-term data on:
- core weather data
- shallow groundwater table depth
- monthly precipitation
- surface active arthropod activity
- measurements of forest production such as:
- leaf litter biomass/plant productivity
- tree diameter and growth rates
- woody and herbaceous plant distribution
Data gathered by volunteers is incorporated into larger UNM sponsored bosque research efforts and is shared with other researchers, as well as land and other natural resource managers.
BEMP Mission Statement
Science, education, and stewardship of the Rio Grande and its watershed through long-term, hands-on student research of ecosystem response and function to inform public policy
Summer Intern Program - click here to learn more about our 2012 summer high school & college interns and their research