The International Reaches of BEMP

Bosque School and its Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) is a regular stop for dozens of international visitors each year through the US State Department-sponsored Global Ties program. This most recently occurred in early February when a group of environmental leaders from the central Asian country of Turkmenistan spent a morning with Bosque School students learning about community science and how young people can and do make significant contributions to environmental management along the Rio Grande and its riverside forest.
For this particular group, they met first with 11th and 12th grade students in Mr. Shaw's Wildlife Research & Conservation Biology class. In class, the visitors learned about BEMP and some of the wildlife projects those students do, such as bird banding and habitat analysis. The visitors saw first hand how young people can study and care for the environment in substantive ways.
Later, Alexia, Allison, Cheyenne, and Azlynn from one of Ms. Sever's 6th grade science classes led the Turkmenistan delegation into the bosque and explained how students gather BEMP data from the field. Groundwater, forest plant production, exotic plant management, and porcupine spotting were just a few of the items that the 6th grade community scientists shared.
As Global Ties describes itself on its website it, " Central New Mexico’s link to the international community." Once every several months, Bosque School serves as a center of excellence for groups of international visitors to study and see replicable examples regarding how Bosque School and BEMP conduct environmental stewardship and engagement programs.
Recent Global Ties visitors to Bosque School have come from Asia, Central and South America, and Europe.