Presentation: tamarisk leaf beetles at BEMP sites

On February 18 and 19, 2014 Science Coordinator Jennifer Schuetz and BEMP biologist Rowan Converse attended the “Riparian Restoration in the Western U.S.” conference in Grand Junction, CO, hosted by the Tamarisk Coalition. Jennifer gave an oral presentation on BEMP’s monitoring of ecosystem health in the bosque, highlighting our tamarisk leaf beetle monitoring conducted May to August 2013. Rowan presented a poster on her GIS work modeling the spread of the tamarisk leaf beetle in the middle Rio Grande valley and its impact on the habitat of the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher (SWFL).