National Wildlife Refuge
|P.O. Box 549
Muleshoe, TX 79347
Phone Number: 806-946-3341
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|Wintering sandhill cranes provide an outstanding attraction at Muleshoe NWR.|
Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
Muleshoe NWR is the oldest national wildlife refuge in Texas. It was established by Executive Order on October 24, 1935. Located on the high plains of west Texas, Muleshoe was established as a wintering area for migrating waterfowl and sandhill cranes.
Getting There . . .
From Muleshoe: take Highway 214 south 20 miles. Drive west on County Road 1248 and go approximately 2.25 miles to Headquarters.
From Morton: Take Highway 214 north 18 miles. Drive west on County Road 1248 and go approximately 2.25 miles to Headquarters.
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Controlled burning is a management tool used at Muleshoe NWR. The alkali sacaton grass on the refuge is burned on an "as needed" basis since the older grass stands tend to become clumped over the years allowing bare soil areas to exist between the clumps. Although few other plant species will grow in the highly alkaline soils surrounding the refuge playa lakes, the burning rejuvenates these dense grass stands. This provides a somewhat more desireable wildlife habitat and provides more protection to the soil from both wind and water erosion.