BEMP Recent Events
August 25, 2015: First Field Day for UNM's Bosque Internship class
20 Interns were out in the bosque at Rio Grande Nature Center learning the BEMP protocols so they can help coach our student citizen scientists this year!
August 7, 2015: Sign-Up for Classroom Education Activities and Study Trips with BEMP!
If you would like to have a BEMP Educator come visit your classroom, or if you would like to visit one of our BEMP Monitoring Sites this school year, please contact our Education Coordinator: Audrey Kruse at email@example.com. Check out our Educational Programming
for more information.
June 23-25, 2015: USGS River, Riparian, & Watershed Restoration Workshop
BEMP was invited to speak about our unique blend of citizen science and scientifically-rigorous data at the US Geological Survey River, Riparian and Watershed Restoration Workshop in Flagstaff, AZ. Science Coordinator Jennifer Schuetz presented BEMP as a model program, highlighting how the organization functions, what we do and lessons learned. It was wonderful hearing about what others are doing in terms of river restoration in the western US!
June 19, 2015: Annual Data Users' Meeting
BEMP hosted a number of New Mexico natural resource managers, teachers and other partners at our Annual Data Users' Meeting. BEMP Ecologist Kim Fike presented some results from her Master's work titled, "Drying Events in the Rio Grande: Effects on Hydrology, Riparian Vegetation and Arthropod Communities," where she used BEMP data to analyze differences in perennial and intermittent sections of the Rio Grande. In addition, Elizabeth Milford from Natural Heritage New Mexico presented the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District's Conservation Action Plan - another set of data being compiled about the bosque to help prioritize conservation actions among different natural resource managers and groups. Meeting attendees provided feedback on data they use and their additional needs with regards to ecological data in the Middle Rio Grande.
April 22, 2015: 2015 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in Land and Ecosystem Stewardship
BEMP celebrated Earth Day 2015 with Governor Martinez, New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and other groups working to restore and protect the natural heritage and environmental health of the state. Governor Martinez and BEMP staff were joined by students from South Valley Academy and Bosque School, received the 2015 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in Land and Ecosystem Stewardship. Thank you Governor Martinez and NMED!
March 27, 2015: UNM Biology Research Day
Four University of New Mexico students presented three different independent BEMP projects at the Department of Biology Research Day. Gary Johnson, (pictured left) talking with fellow students, presented a poster titled "The Effects of Precipitation on Jackrabbit Densities at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge." Betsy Fulreader presented a poster investigating whether precipitation and plant cover affect mouse populations in the bosque. Finally, Akhil Govin and Matthew Lui researched the effects of monsoon rainfall on isopod populations in the bosque. BEMP is so proud of all these wonderful students!
March 3, 2015: Crawford/Next Generation Symposium
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 below, left) 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.