Mark Your Calendars for September 12th!
This year's 14th Annual Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, will be on Saturday, September 12! Family Fun for All!
The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.
The refuge is home to some unique and colorful wild residents, including the Pecos puzzle sunflower.
For the birds...
The refuge serves an important role to thousands of migratory birds; including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.
Wild cats on the refuge
Look for this wild refuge resident -- the bobcat. They have "bobbed" tails and their ears resemble that of the lynx.
Kids Activities Every 3rd Saturday!
National Wildlife Refuge offers Free Kids Activities - Story Hour on the 3rd
Saturday of each month. Be sure and join us in the refuge Visitor Center at 1:00 pm, one Saturday a month, through December 19, 2015. For more information, see the Story Hour Schedule below or call us at 575-625-4011. Story Hour Schedule for 2015
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
14th Annual Dragonfly Festival Coming!
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge' 2015 Dragonfly
Festival will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The Schedule and
Description of Events will be posted soon, so keep checking back! All the
Events are free and offered to the entire family, but reservations
are required for Tours. Telephone (575) 625-4011 to reserve your
space for our Dragonfly, Birding, and/or Wildlife Tours. Various
Activities will be offered for Kids (and their adults)! Additional
details can be viewed at: www.friendsofbitterlake.com. The annual
Festival is Fun for Everyone! See this year's winning student poster
entry linked below. The winning artist is, 4th Grader, Mia Van from Berrino,
New Mexico. Congratulations Mia! The refuge extends an enormous "Thank You"
to all of this year's student entries - there were over 500! We greatly
appreciate your support of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and our 14th
Annual Dragonfly Festival! 2015
Dragonfly Festival Poster - Winning Entry
Come in today and enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's beautiful Visitor Center. The refuge is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife! Our informative Visitor Center has various exhibits and feature films to introduce you to these wildlife species. We look forward to visiting with you! Visitor Center View!
More than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonates) have been documented on Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to what is considered one of the most diverse populations of odonates in North America.
Page Photo Credits Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Dragonfly species on Agency uniform shirt/Bret Beasley, Male blue dasher dragonfly/USFWS, Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS, Duck floating on the water/USFWS, Bobcat/USFWS, 2015 Dragonfly Festival poster drawn by winning artist, © Mia Van - 4th Grader, Berrino, New Mexico, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2015