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  • Dragonfly species / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Saturday, September 10th!

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Annual Dragonfly Festival will be Saturday, September 10! Various Events will be announced soon.

  • Killdeer plover / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are being seen at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Trail Tracker

  • Duck floating on the water

    For the birds...

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

  • 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.


Our Annual Dragonfly Festival

Trio of dragonflies / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge will hold its famous Dragonfly Festival Saturday, September 10, 2016. A variety of Tours, Events, and Activities will be presented on Saturday and few additional Tour options will be scheduled Sunday, September 11. Continue to check back to our website for this year's Schedule of popular Events! All the Events are free and offered to the entire family! Reservations are Required for the various Tours though so that we are sure to accommodate space for you and your family. Telephone (575) 625-4011 for more information on this year's Festival. Visit: for continual updates as well. The Refuge thanks you for your interest in our fun-filled Dragonfly Festival!

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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What Birds Are You Seeing? Let Us Know!

  • On-line eBird Trail Tracker

    Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to:

    eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
  • Refuge' Visitor Center Hours

    Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Come in today and enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's beautiful Joseph R. Skeen 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. The Visitor Center hours will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call (575) 625-4011 to verify if the Visitor Center is open on your visit. Due to a shortage of volunteers and limited refuge staff, the Visitor Center will be open sporadically on Saturday throughout the summer. If you are interested in Volunteering in our comfortable, air conditioned Visitor Center, or on the refuge grounds; we would appreciate your help! If you enjoy meeting and talking with people, please consider volunteering at Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge.

    Visitor Center Interior View!
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Dragonfly species / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Killdeer plover / ® Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Duck floating on the water / USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly / USFWS, Pecos puzzle sunflower / USFWS, Trio of dragonflies / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Refuge Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 10, 2016
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