Rio Grande by A. Molles
Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initative: FY 2004 Projects
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RESEARCH
Bosque Hydrology Group, FLO-2D Workgroup Middle Rio Grande U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continuous since 1996 Coordinate and synthesize hydrologic data within the Middle Rio Grande as they relate to the restoration of the bosque and maintain web page for information distribution. Coordinate Bosque Hydrology Group and FLO-2D Workgroup.
River Bar Vegetation Mapping: Belen to San Acacia Belen to San Acacia Reach University of New Mexico continuous since 2002 Development of a map of river bar vegetation in the Middle Rio Grande with an analysis of current bar configuration and extent in a historical context.
Middle Rio Grande FLO-2D Model Middle Rio Grande Tetra Tech Inc. continuous since 2002 Provide calibration and detailed model application of the Middle Rio Grande FLO-2D model that will be used to predict overbank flooding and floodwave attenuation on the Middle Rio Grande. Model results will aid in restoration planning.
River Bar Biodiversity Studies: Aerial Insects, Vegetation Structure and Bird Habitat - Part II Middle Rio Grande University of New Mexico continuous since 2003 Study will broaden the comparative biodiversity studies of river bars and bosque in the Middle Rio Grande to include aerial insects and vertical vegetation structure as important components of bird habitat.
Jardines del Bosque Research Station: Urban Ecology on the Rio Grande Middle Rio Grande National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico continuous since 2001 Establishment of a Research Center located within the Cultural Center facility and adjacent 12-acre bosque site that will serve as an outdoor laboratory and study center for the community to learn and research the wildlife and natural habitat of the bosque.
Habitat Requirements of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher in the Middle Rio Grande Valley (Year 3) Middle Rio Grande University of New Mexico continuous since 2002 Assess the habitat requirements of the southwestern willow flycatcher to better understand the endangered bird's nesting and territory selection process.
MONITORING
Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP): Science Section Middle Rio Grande Bosque University of New Mexico/ Bosque School continuous since 1998 Long term ecological monitoring using an outreach approach for participants to understand the changing dynamics of the Middle Rio Grande riparian forest.
Bird and Vegetation Community Relationships: a 21-year comparison Middle Rio Grande Bosque Hawks Aloft, Inc. continuous since 2003 Comprehensive reanalysis/assess-ment of avian abundance and rich-ness relative to vegetation commun-ities along the Middle Rio Grande compared to that found 21-years ago.
Monitoring Trends in the Breeding Populations of Raptors and Owls in the Middle Rio Grande Corridor (Year 3) Middle Rio Grande Bosque Hawks Aloft, Inc. continuous since 2002 Conduct a complete survey of the population of breeding raptors and owls to determine species composition and breeding pair density, monitor active nests for success, productivity, food habits, habitat characteristics, and disturbance factors.
HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Save Our Bosque Task Force/Socorro County Bosque Rehabilitation/ Protection Project Middle Rio Grande Corridor/ Socorro County Socorro Save Our Bosque Task Force continuous since 1997 Exotic species control/fuels reduction in and around cottonwood and willow stands between San Acacia Dam and the north boundary of Bosque del Apache NWR using manual and mechanical treatment and individual herbicide application.
Saltcedar Control - NAWCA Area Phase III Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge continuous since 2003 Continued restoration of 260 acres of xeric riparian habitat. Phase III includes shreading/multching of 130 acres of previously treated saltcedar.
Los Lunas River Park Project Los Lunas Bosque Tree New Mexico, Inc. continuous since 2001 Restoration and establishment of a mixed-use River Park area along the Rio Grande.
Whitfield Migratory Wildlife Habitat Improvement 5 acres in Valencia County Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District new Purchase of riparian flora to plant on restored wetland.
La Cienega Watershed Alliance Riparian Restoration La Cienega Watershed Santa Fe Botanical Gardens new Restore and protect the natural values of the wetlands and riparian system through removal of non-native trees, monitoring restored sites, evaluating need for planting of native trees, revegetating as necessary and providing opportunities for educational and public outreach about riparian restoration.
Bernardo Bosque Fire Rehabilitation Project Bernardo, New Mexico Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District new Rehabilitate a 75-acre burn area in the Bernardo Bosque. Project will include removal of hazardous dead and down wood and lowering fuel depths to prescription, maintenance of exotic tree re-growth, and reveg-etation with native understory plant species.
Update & Implementation Guide for the Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem: Bosque Biological Management Plan (BBMP) Middle Rio Grande Rio Grande Restoration 2001, 2002, 2004 Development of an update and implementation plan that will supplement the BBMP (Crawford, C.S., et.al., 1993).
OUTREACH
Educators Training/Support for the Bosque Education Guide Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park continuous since 2001 Focus is on the Bosque Education Guide production and kits, training courses for educators, outreach to educators via a newsletter, and support of web page.
Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP): Outreach Section Middle Rio Grande Bosque School 6th year Provide citizens an opportunity to learn about the bosque ecosystem by participating in long-term monitoring of key ecological and hydrological variables.
Pathways to Environmental Understanding Pueblo de Cochiti Mary Jo Daniel new Six-week summer educational program that uses the Rio Grande Bosque as a context in which students can explore traditional indigenous sources of knowledge as well as modern Western scientific processes.

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