Visit Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge!

Our Festival's Kick Off Presentation, Friday, September 7

September 7, 2018 Ferruginous hawk / L. Wilkins, USFWS

Come enjoy a live bird presentation and wildlife conservation talk by: New Mexico Raptors. Learn about amazing birds of prey native to our desert environment. Showtimes: Friday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. Saturday, September 8th at 11:00 am. This is a FREE Event for the entire family, But Reservations are required due to limited seating. Then, following Friday night's live bird presentation, join us for Stargazing at 7:30 pm with the Roswell Astronomy Club. View details in our Poster below.

2018 Birds of Prey and Stargazing Event Poster

Wilderness on Bitter Lake NWR


Did you know Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge includes the 9,621 acre Salt Creek Wilderness?

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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!

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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

Annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 8th!

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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 8th, this year. Join us for FREE family activities - dragonfly tours - and more! A variety of crafts and activities are provided just for kids. The Event's various Tours' Schedule is available below. Advanced tour reservations are recommended, as the Refuge provides transportation on all the various Tours. THE RESERVATION LINES OPEN, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1st. Call 575-625-4011 beginning August 1st to make your reservation! For more information, please visit our Refuge Friends Group' website: www.friendsofbitterlake.org. Three additional Events will be presented Saturday, August 8th, beginning at 11:00 am with a live Wildlife Show on Birds of Prey at the Refuge Visitor Center, a Monarch Butterfly Release at 12:00 noon, and another live Wildlife presentation on Reptiles of Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico at 1:00 pm at the Refuge Visitor Center. All the events are Free Admission, but seats are limited for the live wildlife presentations, so come early to assure a place. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY RELEASE, AS SPACE IS LIMITED. Please call: 575-625-4011 to reserve your place for the "Release" Event. Below are Posters for this year's Festival, along with the Tours' Schedule, and the Wildlife Show, and Butterfly Release Events.

2018 Dragonfly Festival Tours' Schedule & Events' Posters

Roswell Student's Dragonfly Poster Promotes Festival!

2018 Dragonfly Poster Winner Awarded

Dragonfly Poster 2018 winner - © Elainena Nanez

The 2018 Dragonfly Festival Youth Dragonfly Artwork Contest Winner is: Elainena Nanez. She attends Nancy Lopez Elementary School, is ten years old and is a fourth grader from the city of Roswell. The contest received 917 entries from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Elainena's artwork will be used to advertise this year's Dragonfly Festival held on September 8th. As Best of Show, Elainena will receive a $100 dollar cash award from the Friends of Bitter Lake. CONGRATULATIONS Elainena for your wonderful free-hand drawing of a dragonfly to represent the Refuge's Festival!

2018 Dragonfly Poster Contest

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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