FREE PBS Documentary Screening – The Crowd and the Cloud – at Bosque School

Join BEMP, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and New Mexico PBS at Bosque School on Tuesday April 25 for a special screening of The Crowd and The Cloud – Citizens4earth. The Crowd and the Cloud is a four-part docu-series about citizen science projects around the globe. Episode 4, Citizens4earth, highlights the work of citizen scientists and the technology they use. … Read More

Are there otters in the Rio Grande?

On a chilly Tuesday morning on April 4th, 2017, 120 1st graders and 35 high school students braved the cold and the wind to celebrate Otter Day! Every year Bosque School students invite young students to learn about otters and their habitat in New Mexico. The host students led games like River Clean Up Tag and Otter Adaptation Dress Up … Read More

BEMP Chair designed by Bandelier 3rd Graders!

Each year, one of our BEMP schools – Bandelier Elementary School in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque – holds a fundraising event each spring to raise money for our Art-in-the-School program. On Friday, March 31st at 6:00pm, Bandelier will host the Chair-a-Tea, featuring chairs/furniture designed by the students. Under the guidance of Ms. Stephanie Becker, the students in Ms. Susan … Read More

Happy 20th Birthday BEMP!

Tuesday, March 7th marked a momentous night for BEMP – we hosted the 2017 Crawford Symposium and we celebrated our 20th anniversary. In the last 20 years, we have grown from a small monitoring effort with only a few sites (Alameda was our first site!) to the 32 BEMP sites we have today, stretching over 320 miles of the Rio … Read More

BEMP-Bosque School Students Win Accolades at JAM Conference

BEMP and Bosque School advanced wildlife students have spent the better part of a year working on independent research projects addressing questions about local wildlife. On February 9-11th they traveled to Farmington, NM to present their findings at the 50th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona and New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society and Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of The … Read More

It just makes you feel connected!

BEMP is proudly observing the bosque in a new way – through phenology. Phenology is the study of when and how plants and animals change based on the seasons. Some of the data we collect at BEMP, through a program called Nature’s Notebook, helps us to understand the timing of bud bursts, leaf growth, flowering, migrating, nesting, etc. in many … Read More

Meet Keara – the Crawford Intern this year!

My name is Keara Bixby and I am BEMP’s Crawford Intern for the 2016-2017 school year. I am currently finishing my last semester at UNM where I majored in Biology with a focus in Conservation and a minor Sustainability. Much of what I have learned throughout my undergraduate studies has boiled down to the idea that everything is intimately connected … Read More

Full Moon Helps Illuminate Science on the Sevilleta!

On Friday, January 13th, BEMP staff and students spent the night out at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. A full moon helped these intrepid researchers conduct the winter jackrabbit survey of 2017. Four of our Bosque School seventh graders, BEMP Educator Kelly Steinberg, and BEMP’s Crawford Intern Keara Bixby drove a 21.5 mile loop around the Sevilleta’s long term ecological … Read More

Season’s Greetings on this Winter Solstice!

Have a happy and healthy holiday! We are eternally grateful to our students, teachers, supporters, and science partners for a successful year of monitoring, learning, and researching. We’ll see you out in the bosque in 2017! Sincerely, The BEMP Team

Rose, our Environmental Ed Intern, says farewell to BEMP

As I complete my internship with BEMP, it is hard to sum up everything I have observed and learned. I came to BEMP because it seemed to combine two of my passions: youth empowerment and environmental stewardship. I was also interested in the idea of a program centered around watershed education, especially in the American southwest during this historic drought. … Read More