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  • Blue dasher dragonfly/John Magera

    Amazing dragonflies

    The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.

  • Duck floating on the water

    For the birds...

    The refuge serves an important role to thousands of migratory birds; including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.

  • Mule deer buck

    Deer of the desert

    The desert mule deer is prominent throughout New Mexico and commonly seen on the refuge. It can be identified by the black tip on its tail.

  • Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS

    Orange sunflower

    The refuge is home to some unique and colorful wild residents, including the Pecos puzzle sunflower.

  • Bobcat/USFWS

    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.

Cranes and Cocoa

Family Event

Cranes in flightNovember 29, 2014

Join us at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge for a Special Holiday Program on Saturday, November 29! This Event is for the entire Family to enjoy an annual spectacle of nature - the return of thousands of migrating sandhill cranes to the refuge! The day's Events begin at 3:00 pm and are free of charge, but Reservations are required. Please contact the refuge at (575) 625-4011 to make reservations today!

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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New Hunting Season Has Begun!

  • Youth Hunt and Workshop

    Pheasant close-up of head / USFWSDecember 06, 2014

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge will host a Youth Pheasant Hunt on Saturday, December 6, 2014; beginning at 6:00 am. See the informational Poster linked below with the required Application Form. Deadline to submit the Application Form is Saturday, November 15, 2014.

    2014 Youth Hunt Poster and Application
  • 2014-2015 Hunting Seasons

    Seasonal hunters with their hunting dog / USFWS

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's 2014-2015 hunting season has begun. Running from September 1, 2014 through February 15, 2015; specific bag limits apply for deer, feral hog, dove, quail, rabbit, pheasant, geese, ducks, coot, and sandhill crane. Refer to the seasonal chart linked below. For more information, see the hunting section on our Visitor Activities page within the Visit tab above.

    2014-2015 Hunting Seasons Limit Chart
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly/USFWS, Duck floating on the water/USFWS, Mule deer buck/USFWS, Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS, Bobcat/USFWS, Pheasant / USFWS, Hunters' retrieving dog in camouflage vest / USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014
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