History of BEMP
In response to the Bosque Biological Management Plan, BEMP was founded in 1996 to monitor the state of the bosque ecosystem. Monitoring and data collection began three sites (Alameda, Rio Grande Nature Center & Los Lunas) in 1997 and we’re now in our 23rd consecutive year of data collection!
The late Dr. Cliff Crawford (UNM Department of Biology), his then-graduate student Lisa Ellis, and Dan Shaw (Bosque School Science Faculty) brought community members together to collect local ecological information – i.e. citizen science in the Albuquerque community – to both enhance scientific research capabilities and to educate local citizens about their bosque. BEMP currently has 33 active sites, across 270 miles of the Middle Rio Grande, and over 1 million data points are collected each year. Data is primarily collected by K-12 students and their teachers, demonstrating how local science initiatives like this can successfully connect people to their landscapes while helping inform resource management policies.