Welcome Ara, our new Data Manager!

BEMP welcomes Ara to the team! Ara Winter, Ph.D. is the Data Manager for BEMP. Ara’s spent the past ten years mixing data analysis across different spatial and time scales with extensive fieldwork in New Mexico. In his off time he is a Zen Buddhist priest, enjoys cooking, hiking, climbing, gardening and generally being outside. His current kids are a … Read More


Proud of all our friends along the Rio Grande who are graduating this year and grateful to those students who let BEMP be a part of their story.  We are super proud of your accomplishments. Chase your dreams, burst at the seams, never stop trying, never stop learning, live life to the fullest.  Give it nothing but your best….. Congratulation on … Read More

Bosque del Apache – BEMP’s 33rd BEMP site!

Bosque del Apache – BEMP’s 33rd BEMP site! It was muddy… really, really, muddy. The cold February nights didn’t have much of a chance against the quick warming sunshine that had us in t-shirts before lunch. The hard frosted pathways morphed into to shin-deep sludge that made carrying 50 pound bags of sand, rebar, ladders, and the rest of the … Read More

Otter Days 2018

Last Wednesday, April 11th, and Monday, April 16th, BEMP and Bosque School hosted the 6th Otter Day celebration to honor the reintroduction of the river otter into New Mexico. The goal of this event was to teach kindergarten and first grade students about river otters and their habitat through different activities. River otters are an important indicator species of river … Read More

Friends from the Congo

On Monday, April 9th, BEMP hosted a group of 4 delegates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who are visiting the United States to learn about sustainability practices. Specifically the goal of their visit was to learn about sustainability in the mining industry through the International Visitor Leadership Program by exposing them to best practices in preservation of ecosystems, … Read More

The Bosque’s Broken Heart

The Bosque’s Broken Heart THE FUTURE OF THE RIO GRANDE COTTONWOOD By Eliot, 6th grade student at Bosque School When most people think of New Mexico, they are likely to imagine an arid desert with a few saguaros, maybe a tumbleweed here and there. However, running right through the middle of the state flows the fourth longest river in the … Read More

Celebrating Crawford Symposium 2018

On March 6th, BEMP celebrated its 8th annual Crawford Symposium, a conference honoring BEMP co-founder Dr. Clifford Crawford.  This year’s conference brought together over 250 people, including more than 70 presenters, in celebration of citizen science and environmental research along the Middle Rio Grande.  The conference showcased research by an outstanding set of presenters ranging from 5th grade students to … Read More

Love Your Mother Earth and Her Climate

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Bosque School hosted “Love Your Mother Earth and Her Climate” last week, which allowed students to learn new aspects of the environment by attending guest lectures from visiting speakers. The afternoon was part of an ongoing process to build knowledge and capacity for agency, adding to existing student work and inquiry. The conference began … Read More

2018 Crawford Symposium

In this Together: Collaboration along the Middle Rio Grande The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program’s (BEMP’s) Crawford Symposium is an annual conference held in honor of BEMP’s co-founder Dr. Clifford Crawford. We gather each year to celebrate citizen science and environmental research along the Middle Rio Grande and showcase research by both students and professionals. This year we are honored to have Albuquerque … Read More

Bosque Students JAMin’ Out at a Professional Wildlife/Fisheries Conference

      On Thursday last week 14 Bosque School seniors from the Wildlife Research Seminar class loaded up 6 posters and 1 oral presentation on the road to a conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. The conference was the 51st Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona and New Mexico Chapters of the Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society, the “JAM” for … Read More