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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.

Kids Activities Every 3rd Saturday!

Kids Activities - Story Hour

Story Hour graphic image of an owl reading a book

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers Free Kids Activities - Story Hour on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Be sure and join us in the refuge Visitor Center at 1:00 pm, one Saturday a month, through December 19, 2015. For more information, see the Story Hour Schedule below or call us at 575-625-4011.

Story Hour Schedule for 2015

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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14th Annual Dragonfly Festival Coming!

  • Join us Saturday, September 12th at Bitter Lake NWR!

    2015 Dragonfly Poster artwork by 4th Grader Mia Van

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge' 2015 Dragonfly Festival will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The Schedule and Description of Events will be posted soon, so keep checking back! All the Events are free and offered to the entire family, but reservations are required for Tours. Telephone (575) 625-4011 to reserve your space for our Dragonfly, Birding, and/or Wildlife Tours. Various Activities will be offered for Kids (and their adults)! Additional details can be viewed at: The annual Festival is Fun for Everyone! See this year's winning student poster entry linked below. The winning artist is, 4th Grader, Mia Van from Berrino, New Mexico. Congratulations Mia! The refuge extends an enormous "Thank You" to all of this year's student entries - there were over 500! We greatly appreciate your support of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and our 14th Annual Dragonfly Festival!

    2015 Dragonfly Festival Poster - Winning Entry
  • 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!
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, 2015 Dragonfly Festival poster drawn by winning artist, © Mia Van - 4th Grader, Berrino, New Mexico, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2015
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