Sharing Our Firsts With You
With our refuge closed to the public, we're highlighting animals seen for the first time on the
refuge since its
establishment in 1941!
A few years ago, the first documented and photographed black bear was sighted on the refuge! A few more are seen today. Blonde coat color.
North American black
Something to Tweet About
An adult painted redstart sighting was a new bird species record for the refuge and White Sands Missile Range in Doña Ana County. A Male.
Having a "Rootin" Good Time!
Javelina, or collared
peccary, are regularly seen on the refuge now! Their rooting behavior digs up cactus and plants to feed upon.
Our Most Recent Visitor
During the refuge's current bird banding season, a new visitor was seen for the first time. A male Nashville warbler. Another Record!
Area Fall Outreach Events
San Andres National Wildlife Refuge will be in Roswell, New Mexico September 12th for Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Dragonfly
Festival! This annual Festival is a renowned event in our State! Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
hosts a variety of guided tours during the Festival. The tours include dragonfly, birding, and wildlife viewing opportunities. This year's Festival will be Saturday, September 12 with additional tours offered on Sunday, September 13, 2015. There will be a variety of family fun activities throughout the day on September 12, including: a Kid's Fishing Pool, Wildlife Exhibits, Arts and Crafts, a Photography Workshop, live Speakers and San Andres National Wildlife Refuge will be displaying a booth showcasing a photo array and interactive guessing games to introduce visitors to our remote Refuge. The Festival's Schedule of Events is linked below! All the
Events are free and offered to the entire family, but reservations
are required for the Tours. Call Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge at (575) 625-4011 to reserve your
space for the guided tours. Look for our Refuge at this year's, 14th annual Dragonfly Festival!2015 Dragonfly Festival Schedule
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
Introducing San Andres National Wildlife Refuge To You!
San Andres National Wildlife Refuge will be at the Doña Ana Fairgrounds, west of Las Cruces, New Mexico for the Southern New Mexico State Fair. The dates of this fall's Fair are September 30 to October 4, 2015. Be sure and look for our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuges of New Mexico' mobile, educational trailer. The trailer offers hands-on activities for anyone! Kids, be sure and bring your family over to try various guessing games! We look forward to visiting with you at the Fair. See Us at Our Area County Fairs!
Our public website
strives to bring the scenic beauty of San Andres National Wildlife Refuge to
you. The refuge is not open to the public due to its location and for
security and safety protocols. Minimal access on the refuge preserves its
pristine habitat which provides an invaluable natural laboratory for
scientific and research studies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have over
125 National Wildlife Refuges that are regularly closed to the public
due to their location, for the protection of key species, and for public
safety. San Andres National Wildlife Refuge's lands and native species will
continue to be preserved to their historic state for generations to
come.No Public Access
The refuge’s namesake, the San Andres Mountains, was named in honor of Saint Andrew the Apostle by early Spanish settlers at the tiny village of Las Padillas. The history of the San Andres Mountains is rich with legends of lost gold mines and outlaws. The area was occupied as early as 900 A.D. by Native Americans. Remnants of rock houses and mines throughout the range are evidence of heavy mining activity in the area during the late 1800's and early 1900's. The mountains are reported to have been the stomping grounds of Black Jack Ketchem and the Apache Chief Geronimo. Apache Chief Victorio also frequented the San Andres Mountains with his warriors, and fought several skirmishes with the United States Cavalry. One legend tale is that a rock house in the area was at one time used by the outlaw William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid.
lone, resilient desert bighorn sheep ewe is all that remained from her
native herd in the San Andres Mountain range in south central New Mexico.
The female wandered alone for years. The herd she grew up with had
vanished. But in 1999, six transplanted desert bighorn sheep rams were
released onto San Andres National Wildlife Refuge and a
remarkable recovery began. Follow the link below to . .
Page Photo Credits Mature mountain lion close-up / refuge remote camera, Young bull elk, javelina trio, and mountain lion / Refuge remote cameras, USFWS, Black bear photographed on the refuge (blonde coated) / M. Weisenberger, USFWS, Black bear with blonde coat, male painted redstart songbird, and building remains / M. Weisenberger, USFWS, Nashville warbler male / J. Gahr, USFWS, Dragonfly species hitching a ride / © B. Beasley, USFWS, Desert bighorn sheep ram head carved Jack-o-lantern / © K. Van Zandt, Desert bighorn sheep ewe with lamb / © C. Rodden, USDOD
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015