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  • 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.

  • 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.

Welcome to the New Year, 2015!

January's Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise at the refuge / B. Madison, USFWS

Enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge this New Year! Below is a link to the month's Sunrise and Sunset times.

Sunrise-Sunset Schedule

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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2015 Final Hunting Season Dates

  • 2014-2015 Hunting Seasons

    Seasonal hunters with their hunting dog / USFWS

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's 2014-2015 hunting season has begun. Running from September 1, 2014 through February 15, 2015; 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.

    2014-2015 Hunting Seasons Limit Chart
  • Application Opportunity for Agricultural Producers!

    Farming equipment clearing crop rows

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge cordially invites Farmers and Growers for an opportunity to participate in our refuge's Cooperative Agricultural Program. One or two agricultural producers will be selected based on a sealed bid process and operate for a period of five years under a Forage Production and Harvest Agreement (provided in the link below). Also included is an Attachment C - Wetland / Crop Rotation Map. Applications will be received until 12:00 p.m., on January 16, 2015. During the week of January 19, 2015 applications will be opened and producers will be selected.

    Forage Agreement and Map Forms
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, Refuge sunrise view / B. Madison, USFWS, Hunters' retrieving dog in camouflage vest / USFWS, Farming on refuge crop fields / USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015
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