Habitat: Desert NWR is made up mostly of desert
shrub, but also of woodland and coniferous forests and some pseudo-alpine
habitat. There are six major mountain ranges on the Refuge with
elevations between 2,400 feet and 10,000 feet. Desert NWR supports
over 500 plant species and 240 bird species.
Desert is home to one of the largest blocks of bighorn sheep.
The Refuge also supports the threatened Desert tortoise and the
bald eagle. Refuge management strategies seek to assist the Pahrump
poolfish that live in refuge waters. Currently, Pahrump poolfish
are considered an endangered species.