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Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge

Young Scientists Measure Wildfire Threat

Jul 8, 2016
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For the folks beating back flames during New Mexico’s dry season, knowing the science behind fire behavior can save lives and property. Members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) are collecting information on fuel loads, which are the amount of wood on a forest floor that could sustain a fire. The hope is that the data will help firefighters predict the direction and intensity of a blaze.

Albuquerque's Valle Vista Elementary School 4th Graders from Mrs. Dawson's class joined the KUNM Kids in the studio to talk about how bird watching at the Valle del Oro was a life changing experience. Not only did these kids learn about our feathered friends in the Bosque, but the program enabled them to be citizen scientists. Plus, we found out about a celebration of public art in Albuquerque. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more this week on The Children's Hour. This show broadcast live from the KUNM studios on April 23, 2016.

Ed Williams

Mountain View, a neighborhood in the Rio Grande Valley south of Albuquerque, is one of the most environmentally burdened communities in New Mexico. There are dozens of industrial facilities, and hardly any places for kids to play outside. With heavy traffic and no sidewalks, just walking home can be dangerous.

But some of that is changing, with the help of a new wildlife refuge.