Other BEMP Events
5th Annual Spanish Web Symposium
Monday May 15th, 2017: BEMP, as a part of the Sevilleta LTER and the LTER Schoolyard Program, will facilitate a scientific exchange of ideas in Spanish! about long-term ecological monitoring done at two very different sites: the bosque and the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico and Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest.
Each year, Bosque School wildlife biology classes and BEMP celebrate Otter Days with first graders from Albuquerque. Local first graders visit Bosque School and learn that taking care of New Mexico’s wildlife is all about protecting their habitat; a clean river means healthy otters!
River otters were extirpated from New Mexico but were reintroduced near Taos Pueblo and now have been sited as far south as Cochiti Lake. Check out the KWRE13 News segment that aired April 20th, 2016 about this exciting BEMP Event!
Native Fish in the Classroom
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Connecting People with Nature” program staff coordinate Native Fish In the Classroom in the greater Albuquerque area. This program works with local elementary and middle schools by providing them curriculum, aquariums, native fish and biologist support. After a period of 4-5 months, the students have the opportunity to release these fish into their native range. Each year participating classrooms, like the Wildlife Biology class at Bosque School, are provided with New Mexico’s state fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, or with native fishes of the Middle Rio Grande. The program aims to generate enthusiasm for natural resources and foster a sense of stewardship for native fish and their habitats. Learn more about the program here.
(Text adapted from the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office website)