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.
Its Time To Enter! May 02, 2014
in our 13th Annual Dragonfly Festival Poster Contest! Kindergarten through
5th graders, including homeschooled students, are invited to submit their
entry. The fillable/printable entry form and contest criteria is available
in the link below. Contact the refuge at phone number 625-4009 for more
information. All entries must be submitted by Friday, May 2.Complete the Entry
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
13th Annual Coming SoonSeptember 06, 2014
Mark your calendars to
attend our annual Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
This year's celebration will be on Saturday, September 6. Details will be
highlighted on our website over the upcoming months. Be sure and check back
regularly to view this year's free, family events at our annual
Festival!Friend's of Bitter
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, Halloween dragonfly/Kay Meng, USFWS, Dragonfly species/USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014