Visit Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge!

Cranes and Cocoa FREE Family Event

November 24, 2018 Clipart turkey image / public domain

Come out to Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Joseph Skeen Visitor Center on Saturday, November 24th, at 3:00 pm for the Refuge's annual Cranes and Cocoa Family Event! The afternoon's activities are FREE, and for the entire family! Beginning at 3:00 pm, is a presentation on "Sandhill Cranes of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge" by guest speaker, Dr. James Montgomery. Then beginning at 4:00 pm, is the premier event of an evening viewing of the Refuge's sandhill cranes' fly-in. Meet at the Refuge' Visitor Center, located at 4200 East Pine Lodge Road, Roswell, New Mexico. Please call 575-625-4011 to reserve a seat in the Visitor Center for the 3:00 pm, free presentation. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided! See the Event's Flyer below.

Cranes & Cocoa Event Flyer

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. 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 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!

Volunteering for 33 Years!

BL volunteer J Montgomery 150 x 119

Dr. James "Jim" Montgomery Jr. is our longtime, invaluable refuge volunteer. Since 1985, Jim has logged over 25,000 hours as a volunteer surveying wildlife at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, here in New Mexico. Volunteers are vital to managing our public lands. Jim is a terrific example of Interior’s volunteers. See the link below for the full story on our amazing volunteer! THANK YOU JIM FOR ALL YOUR DEDICATION TO THE REFUGE!

U.S. Department of the Interior Blog - 25,000 hours and still counting
Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge' Hunting Opportunities!

Enjoy the Current 2018-2019 Hunting Season on the Refuge!

Canada goose / L. Wilkins, USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's current 2018-2019 hunting season is now open from September 1, 2018 through February 15, 2019. The Refuge has hunting opportunities for a variety of game birds, water fowl, and mammal species including deer, feral hog and rabbit. Bag limits apply for each species, as shown in the link below. All this season's information is linked below.

Refuge's 2018-2019 Hunting Regulations, Bag Limit Chart, and Hunt Map

Youth 17 and Under, Apply Today!

Annual Upland Game Workshop and Hunt

Pheasant close-up of head / USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its annual Upland Game Workshop and Pheasant-Quail Hunt on Saturday, December 1, 2018. This one day event is for youth hunters, 17 years old and younger. Linked below is our informational flyer with all the details, and a fillable application form. Applications must be postmarked by November 13, 2018. Notifications for this year's youth hunters will be received by November 20, 2018. For more information, call the refuge at 575-625-4009.

2018 Youth Game Workshop and Pheasant-Quail Hunt Details

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Wilderness on Bitter Lake NWR


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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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