• Endangered species, Hine's emerald dragonfly / USFWS

    19th Annual Dragonfly Festival Coming

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 12, 2020.

    Upcoming Activities on Refuge's Events Calendar

  • Visitor Center rear exterior / © B. Madison, USFWS

    Visitor Center Open Monday to Saturday

    The Refuge' Visitor Center is Open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday! Exhibits, feature films, field guides, etc. are offered

    Plan Your Visit Page

  • Killdeer plover / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Observation Entries

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

    eBird Daily Observations

Refuge' Events

Upcoming Dragonfly Festival

September 12, 2020 Eastern amberwing skimmer / Jessica Bolser, USFWS

This year the Refuge's annual 2020 Dragonfly Festival will be Saturday, September 12th. Mark your calendars for this exclusive, Family Fun, Free Event! Join the Refuge for a variety of FREE family activities - dragonfly wildlife tours - and more! A variety of crafts and activities are provided just for kids. For more information, please visit our Refuge Friends Group' website: www.friendsofbitterlake.org. A pre-Event Presentation will be Friday, September 11th evening. Times and subject Presentation for the pre-Event will be announced soon. Please check back to this Refuge Website for updates on the 2020 Dragonfly Festival.

Upcoming Events - 2020 Dragonfly Festival, Saturday, September 12th

Refuge' Visitor Center Hours

Visitor Center back window view / USFWS

Come in today and enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's beautiful Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center. This refuge is home to 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 are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call ahead at (575) 625-4011 to verify if the Visitor Center is open on your visit. 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!

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.

Learn more about the NWRS