BEMP Study trips are in full swing

Kids playing with leaves in the Albuquerque Bosque

BEMP Study trips are in full swing this fall, taking local elementary school field trips to the next level! BEMP educators Audrey Kruse and Kelly Steinberg regularly lead students into the bosque adjacent to the Bosque School campus for several hours of hands-on local ecology lessons and activities. We hope to inspire these young students and give them the necessary … Read More

Pitfall Trapping September 2015

Dr. Kim Eichhorst spies a garden spider in the field during one of three annual pitfall trap collecting events. BEMP scientists set pitfall traps throughout the Bosque and then observe the number and type of surface-active arthropods (bugs) that fall in them over 24 hours. This helps tell us more about the ecology of the bosque and how it is … Read More

Study Trips

This week BEMP started doing Study Trips with some of the 5th Graders from Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School. Students sampled our Savannah Site wells, collected samples of native and exotic trees, and discovered how cool ant-lions are! They also got down and dirty with charcoal while discussing the impacts of fires on the bosque ecosystem.

Operation Turtle

BEMP works with high school students at several Albuquerque schools to develop and carry out research projects. Bosque School students started Operation Turtle and surveyed turtles in ponds around Albuquerque during the summers of 2014 and 2015.  In this picture Elijah (’15) shows students from Horizons and Bosque Summer how he measures and marks a turtle before releasing back into … Read More


BEMP’s UNM Intern Class took to the field this week to practice collecting data and navigating a BEMP site at the Rio Grande Nature Center.  Starting in September 2015, BEMP interns mentor K-12 students and ensure that they are collecting accurate data at all 30 BEMP sites.  In class, interns study bosque ecology and assist with BEMP’s data collection and … Read More

Annual Data Users’ Meeting: June 19th, 2015

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 … Read More

USGS River, Riparian, & Watershed Restoration Workshop

On June 23-25, 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 … Read More

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 … Read More

April 2015 Newsletter

2015 Crawford SymposiumThe 5th annual Crawford Symposium was held for the first time at the University of New Mexico with support from the UNM Biology Department and the Cebrin Goodman Youth, Education and Environment Project. Bosque School and UNM Biology plan to rotate hosting this event every other year. Thank you to all the Biology Department staff who helped make ... Read More

December 2014 Newsletter

Fundamentals in the Field Fall Tour Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program Black Institute for Environmental Studies at Bosque School This fall BEMP hosted our annual Fall Field Tour with our community partners Will Barnes with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), Jennifer Owen-White with the Valle de Oro (VdO) National Wildlife Refuge and Paul Tashjian with the US Fish & … Read More