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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.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING WITH YOU!

Viewing the Outside from Within

Refuge Visitor Center view from back window

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!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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!

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, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, Hunters' retrieving dog in camouflage vest / USFWS, Hunters' retrieving dog in camouflage vest / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2014
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