Crawford Symposium
March 6, 2018

In honor of Dr. Cliff Crawford

 Crawford Symposium:  Green Trails for the Next Generation

The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program’s (BEMP’s) Crawford Symposium is an annual conference held in honor of BEMP’s co-founder Dr. Clifford Crawford. Dr. Crawford taught biology at the University of New Mexico for 46 years and in the last 14 of those years, he launched BEMP into the program you know today. Throughout his life, Dr. Crawford inspired students of all ages and catalyzed a growing body of research in the bosque. Moreover, he also radiated the work of students, fellow scientists, and professionals back into the community. We are honored to continue this tradition by gathering each year to share and learn about the bosque ecosystem of the Rio Grande.

2018 Crawford Symposium Highlights

The International School at Mesa del Sol students next to their poster: “Raspberry 3.14 Motion Sensors of Silvery Minnow” 

2018 Crawford Symposium

In this Together: Collaboration along the Middle Rio Grande


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Highland High School students next to their poster about monthly monitoring at BEMP’s Harrison site 

Poster session at which over 50 students and professionals showcased their scientific research and conservation work

South Valley Academy student during their presentation on BEMP and South Valley Academy’s partnership

BEMP staff Lauren Wheeler and Melanie Kazenel keeping us on time

Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (MRGESCP) at the poster session

BEMP Crawford Fellow and UNM student, Jonathan Tyrrell presenting on the importance of citizen science

The Tyrrell family with Claudia Crawford

Henry, a Jefferson Middle School 8th grader, presenting on his project about  phenology of native southwestern plants 

Barrett, senior at Amy Biehl High School

Highlights from the 2017 Crawford Symposium 

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 …

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