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  • Blue dasher dragonfly/John Magera

    Amazing dragonflies

    Will be seen at our 2014 Dragonfly Festival, held on Saturday, September 6. This fun-filled, annual Event will proceed - rain or shine!

  • Duck floating on the water

    For the birds...

    The refuge serves an important role to thousands of migratory birds; including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.

  • Mule deer buck

    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.

  • Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS

    Orange sunflower

    The refuge is home to some unique and colorful wild residents, including the Pecos puzzle sunflower.

  • Bobcat/USFWS

    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.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING WITH YOU!

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!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

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Our Legacy of Conservation

Roosevelt's Legacy

President Theodore Roosevelt with Gifford Pinchot

In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 50 refuges he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. Seen here with Gifford Pinchot, President Roosevelt's legacy is reflected at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, where breathtaking landscape has been set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife.

History
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly/USFWS, Duck floating on the water/USFWS, Mule deer buck/USFWS, Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS, Bobcat/USFWS, Red-crossbill in the rain / © Lynette Schimming, 2014 Dragonfly Festival Poster / Artist, 4th Grader Amelia Tenorio ©, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 09, 2014
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