The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.
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 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.
Cranes and CocoaNovember 29, 2014
Join us at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge for a Special Holiday Program on Saturday, November 29! This Event is for the entire Family to enjoy an annual spectacle of nature - the return of thousands of migrating sandhill cranes to the refuge! The day's Events begin at 3:00 pm and are free of charge, but Reservations are required. Please contact the refuge at (575) 625-4011 to make reservations today! View the Event Poster
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
New Hunting Season Has Begun!
- December 06, 2014
Bitter Lake National
Wildlife Refuge will host a Youth Pheasant Hunt on Saturday, December 6, 2014; beginning at 6:00 am.
See the informational Poster linked below with the required Application Form.
Deadline to submit the Application Form is Saturday, November 15,
2014.2014 Youth Hunt Poster and Application
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
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, Male blue dasher dragonfly/USFWS, Duck floating on the water/USFWS, Mule deer buck/USFWS, Pecos puzzle sunflower/USFWS, Bobcat/USFWS, Pheasant / USFWS, Hunters' retrieving dog in camouflage vest / USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014