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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 Welcome You To The . . .

2014 Dragonfly Festival Nearing

2014 Dragonfly Festival Poster / Artist, 4th Grader Amelia Tenorio ©September 06, 2014

Join us terrestrials and non-terrestrials for the 2014 Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This free, family event will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the refuge. Many activities will be offered throughout the day; including tours, workshops, arts and crafts, exhibits, and wildlife speakers - all at no charge. Reservations are required for some activities though. Please call 575-625-4011 to reserve your space today! Additional details will be coming your way, so be sure and check back to our website. Also visit website: for information being posted soon. We look forward to you landing at this year's Dragonfly Festival!

2014 Dragonfly Festival Flyer featuring winning children's poster artwork by Amelia Tenorio

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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Come In And See The View!

  • 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!
  • Roosevelt's Legacy

    President Theodore Roosevelt with Gifford Pinchot

    In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 50 refuges he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. Seen here with Gifford Pinchot, President Roosevelt's legacy is reflected at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, where breathtaking landscape has been set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife.

Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, 2014 Dragonfly Festival Poster / Artist, 4th Grader Amelia Tenorio ©, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2014
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