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Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Las Vegas National Widlife RefugeRefuge Overview: Situated on the high plateau of northeastern New Mexico, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge (Spanish for “the meadow”) lies at the intersection of the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and the Chihuahuan Desert. Migratory Bird Conservation Funds, which include Federal Duck Stamp dollars, have been used to purchase all of the refuge’s 8,672 acres.
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Wildlife and Habitat: A variety of habitat types converge at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, including native prairie grasslands, marshes, ponds, timbered canyons (piñon pine and juniper) and riparian areas. Over 270 species of birds can be found on the refuge, with 80 of those species nesting there. During the migration seasons, thousands of ducks come to Las Vegas to rest and feed. Mallards, canvasbacks, widgeon, ruddy ducks, northern shovelers, pintails, and gadwall are the most common duck species sighted. Other wildlife, such as mule deer, pronghorn, wild turkey, coyotes, and fourteen different species of raptors, also inhabitant Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

Recreation Opportunities: With its abundant wildlife, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal destination for bird watchers, photographers, and school groups. There are also limited dove and goose hunting opportunities on the refuge.

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