Wildlife Refuges
Southwest Region
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Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge courtesy of Ryan Hagerty

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The National Wildlife Refuge System is a unique system of lands dedicated to preserving a rich quality of life for Americans by protecting their wildlife heritage. In the Southwest, national wildlife refuges protect some of the most varied wildlife and spectacular landscapes found anywhere in the world. From subtropical shrub ecosystems to saguaro-studded deserts--all are filled with an unparalleled richness and abundance of life. Some of the wonders of southwestern refuges include the complex and beautiful Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Texas coastal marshes that host massive flocks of waterfowl every winter, strange creatures found only in the sinkholes of New Mexico, and Oklahoma caves that are home to endangered bats.

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News

Bat Blitz 2013Biologist checking bat for WNS courtesy Ann FroschauerLearn more about efforts to establish a scientific baseline for population studies of bats and white-nose syndrome

 

Banking on Nature

This report shows that in addition to conserving and protecting public lands for future generations, every dollar invested in the National Wildlife Refuge System generates huge economic dividends for our country. Read the Press Release, or the Full Report (5 MB PDF)

 

Building the Futurephoto of Winnie DepotTexas Chenier Plain NWR Complex recognized with environmental award (74 KB PDF)

     

Last updated: October 20, 2014