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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.


Cooperative Agricultural Program

Farming on refuge crop lands / USFWS

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge seeks Agricultural Producers for a Cooperative Agricultural Program on the refuge. Two agricultural producers will be selected based on a sealed bid process and operate under a Forage Production and Harvest Agreement for a period of five years. Area Meetings will be held to provide details on the Program, including one in Roswell on Wednesday, December 17. Meeting locations and dates can be viewed below.

News Release on Cooperative Agricultural Program

Documents for the Agricultural Cooperators Meetings

Forage Production and Harvest Agreement

C Map Forage Ag

Additional information and Forms for the upcoming Meetings referenced above can be found in the link below. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge cordially invites Farmers and Growers for an opportunity to participate in our refuge's Cooperative Agricultural Program. Included is the: FORAGE PRODUCTION AND HARVEST AGREEMENT PROSPECTUS AND INVITATION FOR APPLICATIONS and Attachment C - Wetland / Crop Rotation Map.

Forage Agreement and Map Forms

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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New Hunting Season Has Begun!

  • December 2014 Sunrise and Sunset Times

    Sunrise at the refuge / B. Madison, USFWS

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

    Sunrise-Sunset Schedule
  • 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
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, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2014
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