BEMP

The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) was established in 1997 as a joint effort between UNM Biology and Albuquerque’s Bosque School to promote education and research in the Middle Rio Grande and its riparian forest, known locally by its Spanish name, “bosque.” Annually, BEMP involves nearly 9,000 people in research through long-term data collection, primarily K-12 students and their teachers, but also UNM students and citizen volunteers. Hence, increased public understanding of complex ecosystems occurs through the fulfillment of essential research needs. Funding for BEMP comes from federal, state, and local funding sources including NSF, USFWS, and US Army Corps of Engineers. The SNWR is host to one of BEMP’s 31 long-term monitoring sites as well as a long-term jackrabbit population study. The Field Station provides direct support to Bosque School students and faculty associated with BEMP by providing housing for quarterly nighttime jackrabbit surveys as well as field and training experiences, which have included the installation of a wildlife monitoring webcam.

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