“Action and Hope for the Rio Grande and its Bosque”
Catching bugs, spotting porcupines, and digging down to groundwater are fun in and of themselves, but in the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) about eight to ten thousand New Mexican K-12 school students turn those adventures into science that has meaning beyond their classroom. Join BEMP co-director Dan Shaw and some of his students and learn how for 20 years BEMP’s citizen science work by school kids now informs multi-million dollar management decisions of the Rio Grande and its riverside forest, the bosque. BEMP fights hopelessness and apathy by engaging children in the study and stewardship of their home watershed.
Daniel Shaw and his Bosque School (New Mexico) students’ research include radio-collaring porcupines, habitat issues in urban landscapes, and threats to amphibian survival. He co-directs the citizen science Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (www.bemp.org). His publications include the UNM Press Southwest Aquatic Habitats: On the Trail of Fish in a Desert and Eco-tracking: On the Trail of Habitat Change.
Join the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club at the ABQ Peace and Justice Center (202 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106)
on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 6:30-8pm. Root beer will be provided and this event is open to the public!