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    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!

  • 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.

  • Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS

    Orange sunflower

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

  • Duck floating on the water

    For the birds...

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

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    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.

Visit Bitter Lake Refuge Today!

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


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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Our Refuge - Here For You Since 1937!

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, 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, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 10, 2015
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