For the birds...
The refuge serves an important role to thousands of migratory birds; including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.
Deer of the desert
The desert mule deer is prominent throughout New Mexico and commonly seen on the refuge. It can be identified by the black tip on its tail.
The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.
The refuge is home to some unique and colorful wild residents, including the Pecos puzzle sunflower.
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.
Bitter Lake Refuge Hunting Season Begins
National Wildlife Refuge's 2013-2014 hunting season has begun. Running from
September 1, 2013 through January 15, 2014; specific bag limits apply for
deer, feral hog, dove, quail, rabbit, pheasant, geese, ducks, coot, and
sandhill crane. Refer to the seasonal chart linked below. For more
information, see the hunting section on our Visitor Activities page within
the Visit tab above.2013-2014 Hunting
Season Bag Limit Chart
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
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to restore and re-route portions of the Rio Hondo on the South Tract of the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, for the benefit of seven federally listed species and several state listed species. The comment period will close on April 4 at 4:00 pm. To submit comments contact the refuge at 575-622-6755.Rio Hondo Restoration Draft EA
- December 07, 2013
Bitter Lake National
Wildlife Refuge will host a Youth Pheasant Hunt on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
See the informational Poster linked below with the required Application Form.
Deadline to submit the Application Form is Friday, November 15,
2013.2013 Youth Hunt Poster and Application
More than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonates) have been documented on Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to what is considered one of the most diverse populations of odonates in North America.
Page Photo Credits Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands/USFWS, Dragonfly species/USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 05, 2014