Crawford Symposium
Canceled for
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

In honor of Dr. Cliff Crawford

BEMP’s March 11, 2020 Crawford Symposium – Postponed

Hello BEMP supporters,

Based on new data, we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight’s Crawford Symposium. We hope to be able to reschedule for later this year. Based on the recommendations from UNM’s resident virologists and ecologists, we are using the emerging national data to support our decision to postpone our event. Even though there have been no reported cases in New Mexico, as a state with one of the lowest GDPs, we have not had an equal amount of resources to invest in testing. It is also important to focus on slowing down infection rates in order to help our health care system not be overwhelmed by large numbers of patients needing hospitalization at the same time. Even though the virus will still spread, by practicing social distancing and not gathering people together in large groups, we can reduce the risk of high incidences of spread of the virus. As an organization that teaches and advocates decision-making using data, we feel this is the right decision. We very much want to acknowledge and support the hard work of all of our presenters; we thank you for your support and investment. We are sorry to have to cancel at the last minute. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to


Kim Eichhorst, Ph.D.
Co-Director Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)
Research Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Office: 505-277-0758

BEMP’s Crawford Symposium

The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program’s (BEMP) 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.

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Highlights from the 2019 Crawford Symposium.

BEMP Co-Director, Dr. Kim Eichhorst with the Crawford Family.

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

BEMP staff with Land Commissioner and Keynote Speaker, Stephanie Garcia Richard. 

Thank you for your support! 

Students from Van Buren Middle School presenting their poster about BASS (BEMP After School Science). 

Bird Banding students striking a pose in their custom gear!

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

ASLA (Albuquerque Sign Language Academy) presenting on their Honey Badger Conservation Corp’s.  

Crawford Symposium attendees participating in a poem with Albuquerque’s Poet Laureate, Michelle Otero and Inez Elementary School BASS students.  

BEMP UNM Students reading attendees notes to BEMP. 

Highlights from the 2018 Crawford Symposium

Coming soon!

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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