UNM water quality monitoring

Students from the UNM BEMP class participated in BEMP’s water quality monitoring. In addition to assessing environmental conditions in the bosque, BEMP also tests the water in the Rio Grande for potential contaminants three times per year. This work is supported through a EPA Urban Waters Small Grant, and is aimed at exposing more advanced students to detailed sampling protocols … Read More

Rio Rancho Water Festival

On Monday and Tuesday, Oct 26th and 27th, BEMP staff and volunteers went to the – an event hosted by the city of Rio Rancho to teach students about the value of water in our community. Rio Rancho 4th graders cycled through the BEMP station, learning about local arthropods (bugs), plants of the bosque, the mammals that can be spotted along … Read More

BEMP Monthly Monitoring

BEMP Monthly Monitoring continued with gusto this October. With the changing of the seasons, students tested their mettle through thunderstorms, hail, and lots of rain. The 7th graders of Jefferson Middle School did a fantastic job of monitoring during a torrential downpour on Wednesday, 10/21. They measured over an inch of rain at our “Open Rain Gauge” at their BEMP … Read More

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

Interns

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