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  • This year's 1st place youth drawing / © Paikea Marquez, home schooled third grade student in Roswell

    Annual Festival - September 10!

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 10! Various Tours and Activities are linked below.

    Poster of 2016 Dragonfly Festival Activities - Reservations begin August 1st!

  • Killdeer plover / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are being seen at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Trail Tracker

  • Duck floating on the water

    For the birds...

    The refuge serves an important role to thousands of migratory birds; including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.

  • 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.

This Year's Festival Schedule of Tours, Activities, and Events is Now Posted for ...

Our Annual Dragonfly Festival

Trio of dragonflies / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge will hold its famous Dragonfly Festival Saturday, September 10, 2016. A variety of Tours, Events, and Activities will be presented on Saturday and few additional Tour options will be scheduled Sunday, September 11. The Poster linked below shows all the Tours and Activities for this year's Festival. All the Events are FREE and Fun for the entire Family! Reservations are Required for the various Tours and Reservations begin August 1st. Telephone (575) 625-4011 for more information and to reserve your space on the various Tours. Also visit: Be sure and attend this year's spectacular Festival!

2016 Dragonfly Festival Tours and Events

This Year's Dragonfly Artwork!

Honoring This Year's 1st Place Youth Winner!

The 2016 Dragonfly Festival Children's Dragonfly Artwork Contest Winner is: Paikea Marquez. She is a home schooled third grade student in Roswell, New Mexico. Over 800 local area students entered the annual Contest this year! CONGRATULATIONS Paikea for your wonderful free-hand drawing of a dragonfly to represent the Refuge's Festival!

Winning Artwork Image - © Paikea Marquez, 3rd Grader

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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What Birds Are You Seeing? Let Us Know!

  • On-line eBird Trail Tracker

    Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to:

    eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
  • Refuge' Visitor Center Hours

    Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Come in today and enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's beautiful Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center. The refuge is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife! Our informative Visitor Center has various exhibits and feature films to introduce you to these wildlife species. The Visitor Center hours will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call (575) 625-4011 to verify if the Visitor Center is open on your visit. Due to a shortage of volunteers and limited refuge staff, the Visitor Center will be open sporadically on Saturday throughout the summer. If you are interested in Volunteering in our comfortable, air conditioned Visitor Center, or on the refuge grounds; we would appreciate your help! If you enjoy meeting and talking with people, please consider volunteering at Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge.

    Visitor Center Interior View!
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Dragonfly drawing for 2016 Festival / © Paikea Marquez, 3rd. Grader, Killdeer plover / ® Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Duck floating on the water / USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly / USFWS, Pecos puzzle sunflower / USFWS, Trio of dragonflies / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Refuge Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2016
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