BEMP Congress 2016!

On Thursday April 28th and Friday April 29th nearly 300 BEMPers gathered to share their findings from their research in the bosque in the last year. They presented scientific posters and shared artwork and memories from their time in the bosque. Fourth through sixth grade students gathered at Bosque School on Thursday where they investigated BEMP data with Science Coordinator Kim … Read More

Otter Day!

This week one of the Bosque School wildlife biology classes and #BEMP celebrated Otter Day with 7 first grade classes. The first graders visited Bosque School and learned that taking care of New Mexico’s wildlife is all about protecting their habitat; a clean river means healthy otters. River otters were extirpated from New Mexico but were reintroduced near Taos Pueblo … Read More

#CitSciDay: BEMP & National Citizen Science Day!

This Saturday kicks of the first National Citizen Science Day! Join BEMP educator Kelly Steinberg, this Saturday, April 16th from 2-4pm to learn about how BEMP is a unique citizen science program. BEMP is thrilled to host a booth along with other great citizen science programs of New Mexico like Nature’s Notebook and the Rio Grande Phenology Trail Network. Come out and … Read More

Dan Shaw Earth Day Talk: April 10th, 2pm

This Sunday at 2pm, at the Bachechi Open Space Visitor Center, in honor of the upcoming Earth Day, BEMP’s Co-Director Dan Shaw will discuss how young people are studying and caring for the water, fish, and other creatures in and around desert streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers. Join Dan to learn more about BEMP, the student citizen scientists of New … Read More

197 kgs of leaf litter in BEMP’s 20 year history!

March Monthly Monitoring was a great success! Here you can see BEMP Biologist Sean O’Neill discussing how the river has changed in the last 20 years with Cottonwood Valley Charter School students. This month we also added up all our leaf litter data and found out that BEMP has so far, in the last ~20 years, collected 434 lbs or 197 … Read More

BEMP contributes to Nature’s Notebook

Last week students from Bandelier Elementary visited BEMP for a Study Trip and enjoyed picnic-ing and jumping rope by the river. During BEMP Study trips, students from all over the area come to Bosque School and help collect data about the seasonal changes occurring in the bosque and share their data with the National Phenology Network through the Nature’s Notebook … Read More

Crawford Symposium 2016 was a great success!

On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 BEMP held its annual Crawford Symposium. It was an incredible night of sharing, learning, and inspiration. Students of all ages presented posters on topics ranging from “Why the Love BEMP!” (presented by the Belen Family School with presenters as young as 8 years old!) to graduate students showcasing their work regarding episodic drying events of … Read More

Horizon Students Meet Bob the Goose

During Horizon’s Super Saturdays students from this enrichment program learn about how the bosque and it’s inhabitants change throughout the year with BEMP.  In February several students met one of the bosque pond’s winter residents, Bob the Canada Goose. Bob has been at Bosque School since late January and thanks to the band around her leg we know that Bob is actually a female … Read More

49th Joint Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society

Eight Bosque seniors and one alumna participated in the 49th Joint Annual Meeting of the New Mexico and Arizona chapters of the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society meeting in Flagstaff, AZ, on February 4-6. The students presented five scientific posters: Claire ’16 – “High School Students’ Attitudes Towards Snakes with Education About the Taxa” (plural of taxonomy); Jackie … Read More

Full Moon Rabbit Survey

This weekend BEMP took 6 students to Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to survey for rabbits under the full moon.  Scientists have been counting rabbits at Sevilleta since 1992 as an indicator of ecosystem health because they respond to changes in vegetation and predator populations.  During this survey we counted 37 rabbits and saw evidence of other animals including prognhorn antelope … Read More