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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Its Time To Enter!

Children's Poster Contest

Dragonfly clipart May 02, 2014

Students, compete in our 13th Annual Dragonfly Festival Poster Contest! Kindergarten through 5th graders, including homeschooled students, are invited to submit their entry. The fillable/printable entry form and contest criteria is available in the link below. Contact the refuge at phone number 625-4009 for more information. All entries must be submitted by Friday, May 2.

Complete the Entry Form

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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13th Annual Coming Soon

2014 Dragonfly Festival

Halloween dragonfly / Kay Meng, USFWSSeptember 06, 2014

Mark your calendars to attend our annual Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This year's celebration will be on Saturday, September 6. Details will be highlighted on our website over the upcoming months. Be sure and check back regularly to view this year's free, family events at our annual Festival!

Friend's of Bitter Lake NWR
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands/USFWS, Halloween dragonfly/Kay Meng, USFWS, Dragonfly species/USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014
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