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.
Welcome to the New Year, 2015!
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
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
2015 Final Hunting Season Dates
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
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
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, 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