• Dragonfly species on USFWS Shield / © B. Beasley, USFWS

    2018 Festival Date - September 8!

    The Refuge's annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 8, 2018! Details to Come, so please keep checking back.

    Also view "Friends of Bitter Lake" website

  • 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

Visit Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge!

Annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 8th!

September 8, 2018 NeonSkimmer MW 150 x 119

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 8th, this year. The Refuge provides various FREE Guided Tours, Events-including films and guest speakers, and hands-on Activities for all ages! The entire family is invited, with a variety of crafts and activities designed just for the kids. Reservations are Required for the various Guided Tours to reserve your seat on our Refuge vans. We will announce when the Reservation lines are open for this year's Festival. For more information please visit: www.friendsofbitterlake.org website. Details will be posted soon, so please continue to view our website for updates.

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!
In Recognition of Our Faithful Volunteer!

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

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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