The refuge is home to some unique and colorful wild residents, including the Pecos puzzle sunflower.
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.
For the birds...
The refuge serves an important role to thousands of migratory birds; including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.
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.
The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.
Visit Bitter Lake Refuge Today!
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
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
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.History
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, Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS, Bobcat/USFWS, Duck floating on the water/USFWS, Mule deer buck/USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly/USFWS, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015