Exploring the Bosque: A Glimpse into BEMP's Ecological Adventures
In our ongoing commitment to environmental education and hands-on learning, our 6th-grade students have been participating in monthly ecological data collection through the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP). This initiative allows our students to explore the bosque's rich biodiversity and contribute valuable data to aid in the conservation efforts of this vital ecosystem.
Pam Sever, Bosque’s 6th Grade Dean, Science Department Leader, and Middle School Science Teacher, shares her excitement about the exploration facilitated by BEMP: "With BEMP, we have explored the bosque near the school and oriented ourselves to the BEMP site maps and data collection tools." In addition, Kim Fike, Bosque School Field and Community Science Teacher, emphasized her other role as an employee of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program. Her dual capacity underlines the collaborative efforts between Bosque School and BEMP, contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the bosque's ecological dynamics.
The 6th-grade students, under the guidance of Pam and Kim, actively participate in monthly data collections at two of the 33 BEMP sites, namely Savannah and Montano, spanning across New Mexico. They primarily focus on measuring the depth of groundwater, monitoring litterfall, and recording precipitation. Additionally, semi-annual examinations of arthropod abundance and diversity within these sites provide a more comprehensive ecological snapshot.
The purpose of these data collections extends beyond the classroom, contributing to a broader understanding of ecosystem changes over time. By studying responses to ecological disturbances such as fires, flooding, and drought, our students actively contribute to a body of knowledge that informs land and water managers. The collected data becomes a crucial tool in their efforts to maintain the health and balance of our bosque for the benefit of present and future generations.
In the spirit of fostering environmental stewardship, Bosque School is proud of our 6th graders' contributions to the BEMP initiative. Through these experiences, our students are not only learning about the natural world but actively participating in its preservation. We look forward to more exciting discoveries and impactful contributions in the coming months.