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

Fall 2014 Data Users Site Tour

Tingley Beach and the Albuquerque Overbank Project highlight the mosaic nature of the bosque! BEMP partnered with Natural Heritage New Mexico, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers to show land managers two local examples of ecological mosaics on the landscape. Folks met at the Education Annex of the Aquarium/Botanic Gardens courtyard before heading to both sites. … Read More

September 2014 Newsletter

Summer Interns & Artists!High schoolers Maddie and Carlos worked with BEMP UNM staff Kim Fike to continue summer data collections of leaf litter, pitfall traps, precipitation gauges, groundwater wells, water chemistry. They also help with site maintenance and more! BEMP summer college artist Melina Baron-Deutsch (below on right) worked to create BEMP’s first bilingual ‘zine’! Melina shared her creation with ... Read More