Crawford Symposium March 6, 2018

In honor of Dr. Cliff Crawford

The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program’s (BEMP’s) Crawford Symposium: “Green Trails for the Next Generation” 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.

Highlights from the 2017 Crawford Symposium:

Laura Paskus

Billy Handmaker, Bosque School Head and Bill deBuys, writer, conservationist, and keynote speaker


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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Forrest Crawford, Dr. Cliff Crawford’s brother, discussing¬†Cliff’s vision for BEMP

BEMP co-founder Lisa Ellis, BEMP Co-Director Kim Eichhorst, and Claudia Crawford

BEMP teacher Mary Erwin of Wilson Middle School and Patrick Ryan, BEMP Bus Driver

Jude, Horizons 5th grader, next to his poster about arthropods

A huge thank you to everyone who came to BEMP’s 20th Birthday and the 2017 Crawford Symposium!

For our 20th Anniversary, we asked our community how they think BEMP makes a difference.