Action and Hope for the Rio Grande and its Bosque
Friday, September 1, 6:30-8pm
Catching bugs, spotting porcupines, and digging down to groundwater are fun in and of themselves, but in the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) about eight to ten thousand New Mexican K-12 school students turn those adventures into science that has meaning beyond their classroom.
Join BEMP co-director Dan Shaw and some of his students and learn how for 20 years BEMPs citizen science work by school kids now informs multi-million dollar management decisions of the Rio Grande and its riverside forest, the bosque. BEMP fights hopelessness and apathy by engaging children in the study and stewardship of their home watershed.
Daniel Shaw and his Bosque School students’ research includes radio-collaring porcupines, habitat issues in urban landscapes, and threats to amphibian survival. He co-directs the citizen science Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (www.bemp.org). His publications include the UNM Press Southwest Aquatic Habitats: On the Trail of Fish in a Desert and Eco-tracking: On the Trail of Habitat Change
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