Other BEMP Events
Annual Luquillo-Sevilleta Virtual Symposium
Success! On April 24th 2020, about 30 students from New Mexico and Puerto Rico met virtually to share their research on how human disturbances affect their local ecosystems during our annual Luquillo-Sevilleta Virtual Symposium as part of the Schoolyard LTER program. This event is a part of BEMP’s collaboration with the US Long Term Ecological Research Network. The presentations and follow-up questions were all done in Spanish, showing how the exchange of scientific discoveries can happen across cultural, political, and language boundaries. We had a great turn out and lots of fun! Thank you to all that made this event possible!!!
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 KRQE News 13 segment that aired April 15th, 2019 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)