Sunday storm over the refuge
Summer rainfall in the distance moving in over the refuge makes for a cool overcast and good time to enjoy the outdoors.
Seasons of Wildlife
Shoreline of Lake 13
Horizon view of Lake 13 shoreline at dawn. Fishing is allowed from March 1st to October 31st on the Lake.
Refuge' Fishing Season Information
With a bill over a third of its total body length, this shorebird has a profile to rival Pinocchio's. It is the world's largest shorebird.
American Avocet chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old Avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators.
View Our Photo Galleries
Our most recent Photo Gallery highlights images of refuge wildlife captured via remote trail cameras. View the Gallery in the link below.
Here's Looking At You!
Enhancing Your Visitor Experience!
Our auto tour route has improved! Winding through the refuge, the 10 mile loop has several pullouts for visitors to hike, observe, and learn about refuge wildlife. Take in the beautiful vistas from Lake 13, listen to the songbirds fleeting through the cottonwoods as you hike one of our newest trails, feel the wind while walking the new Prairie Path or sit and watch the black-tailed prairie dogs foraging in the shadow of the highest peak in New Mexico, Wheeler’s Peak. Maps are available at the visitor center.For more information, Contact Us.
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
Refuge Habitat Increases Survival
Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Central Flyway, a route traveled annually by numerous species of waterfowl and other migratory birds. Many of the most common birds on the refuge are considered grassland-dependent species. Grassland birds, many of which are experiencing population declines throughout their ranges, rely upon the short-grass prairie habitat of the refuge for their survival. Maxwell supports some of the highest densities of the grasshopper sparrow in the state of New Mexico.Photo Gallery of Migratory Birds
"Like the resource it seeks to protect, wildlife conservation must be dynamic, changing as conditions change, seeking always to become more effective." - Rachel Carson. Photograph of grasshopper sparrow by Robert Shantz ©
Page Photo Credits Refuge landscape view from Lake 12 / L. Wilkens, USFWS, Sunday storm over the refuge/Bennette Jenkins, Shoreline of Lake 13/Leann Wilkins, Long-billed curlew/Leann Wilkins, American avocet/Bennette Jenkins, Western burrowing owl/Bennette Jenkins, Rainbow after a summer storm/Bennette Jenkins, Grasshopper sparrow/Robert Shantz ©, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2015