Inundation Investigations

It’s not often that you get to see mallards swimming amongst the trees in the bosque, or find fish swimming in the litterfall tubs, or wade through waist deep water to get to a precipitation gauge, or raft over pitfall traps, but these were exactly the sort of experiences we had this spring when the high river flows led to flooding in the bosque. It was a … Read More

BEMP’s Monthly Monitoring for the 2017-2018 School Year!

The week of September 18, 2017 marks the start of BEMP’s monthly monitoring data collection for the  2017-2018 school year. Although BEMP monitors its 31 sites all year long, our citizen scientists (students) join us primarily during the school year. This year we’ve got 24 schools working up and down the Rio Grande from Santo Domingo to Socorro. We are … Read More

26 lb snapping turtle found in Bosque School’s Budagher Pond!

For most folks a snapping turtle is an unseen Bosque School campus resident. But they lurk in the muddy bottom of Budagher Pond and our adjacent ditch. This past week, students from Bosque’s wildlife and conservation biology class captured a 26 pound Snapping Turtle as part of their ongoing turtle research efforts. The animal was measured, micro-chipped, and returned to … Read More

Join us for the Fall Field Tour!

SAVE THE DATE: Oct 26th, 10am-1pm Restoration Impacts in the Belen Bosque We invite you to join BEMP in the field to learn more about the work BEMP has been doing and our research findings. BEMP staff and partner groups will present on the status of bank-lowered flooded projects and forest restoration treatments. The 2017 Fall Field Tour will be … Read More

BEMP featured on Vibrant Cities Lab!

BEMP is featured on a new collaborative website tool about urban forests and healthy cities called Vibrant Cities Lab. We are a great example of how education can propel great ideas forward!  Vibrant Cities Lab is a joint effort of the US Forest Service, American Forests, and the National Association of Regional Councils.

Dan Shaw Will Speak at Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club: Sep 1, 6:30pm

“Action and Hope for the Rio Grande and its Bosque” Catching bugs, spotting porcupines, and digging down to groundwater are fun in and of themselves, but in the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) about eight to ten thousand New Mexican K-12 school students turn those adventures into science that has meaning beyond their classroom. Join BEMP co-director Dan Shaw and … Read More

BEMP in the News!

Check out this Albuquerque Journal Article about Bosque School’s new Rod and Mary Kay Pera Science Center grand opening on Aug 19th, 2017. It features Dan Shaw, BEMP Co-Director and Katie Elder, BEMP Educator, both of whom work with BEMP and Bosque School wildlife students. BEMP is thrilled to share this new Bosque School space. Come find us in the … Read More

A BEMPer makes the most of her summer internship

Blog Post by Laura Martinez, BEMP Summer High School Intern 2017 Well, here it goes, my very first blog. My name is Laura Martinez and this summer I had the privilege of being a BEMP high school summer intern. I have just graduated from Rio Rancho High School and will be attending UNM this fall semester pursuing a Biology degree. … Read More


Image above: Ruby looks at tree sweep data for the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle project with students As we take a pause in our BEMP South educational programming, we want to celebrate Ruby Estrada our BEMP South Environmental Educator and the work she’s done over the last year. Ruby has been a force of nature in educating the youth of the … Read More

Water chemistry field work leads to startling discoveries!

Post by Jonathan Tyrrell, BEMP HS Intern 2017   On July 27, 2017, I participated in BEMP’s monthly water chemistry field day for the second time in my summer-long internship with BEMP.  Eager to return to the Rio Grande after last month’s adventures in monthly monitoring, I woke up early Thursday morning to beat the heat.   As the summer … Read More