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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.

Reserve Your Space at the Dragonfly Festival - Saturday, August 12th!

Bitter Lake NWR's Dragonfly Festival Schedule Posted!

2015 Dragonfly Poster artwork by 4th Grader Mia Van

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's annual Dragonfly Festival will be held on Saturday, September 12; with additional tours offered on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The current Schedule of Events is linked below! 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 Refuge Wildlife Tours. Additional Activities for the entire family include: Kid's Fishing Pool, Wildlife Exhibits, Arts and Crafts, a Photography Workshop, and live Speakers! Visit: for more information. We hope to see you and your family at this year's, 14th annual Dragonfly Festival! The drawn images are from this year's winning student Poster; by artist Mia Van, a 4th Grader from Berrino, New Mexico.

2015 Dragonfly Festival Schedule

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  • Kids Activities - Story Hour

    Story Hour graphic image of an owl reading a book

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is presenting a special children’s story telling hour on Saturday September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center on 4200 East Pine Lodge Road. The theme this month is “Birds”! Our refuge volunteer, Donna Chapell, will be reading a wonderful book on our colorful, musical, interesting feathered friends. Following the book readings, several fun activities are scheduled for the kids. This presentation will be one of many story telling programs scheduled throughout the year on the third Saturday of each month. These monthly programs are free of charge. For information, please contact the refuge at (575) 625-4011.

    Story Hour Schedule for 2015
  • 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, USFWS, 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: Aug 24, 2015
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