18th Annual Dragonfly Festival

Saturday, September 7, 2019 is our upcoming Dragonfly Festival
Flame skimmer dragonfly / © M. Kalbach The 18th ANNUAL DRAGONFLY FESTIVAL at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is on Saturday, September 7th this year! Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge host this unique, fun for all - Annual Dragonfly Festival! RESERVATION PHONE LINES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE VARIOUS, FREE GUIDED TOURS AT NUMBER: 575 625-4011. The Schedule of the various Tours is below. All of the day's events are free of charge. Join Us for Our FREE Pre-Festival Event Friday, September 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm with a program on bats of New Mexico - with live bats! Stargazing at the Refuge will be presented after the bat program. View this Event's Flyer below -

The Festival's Events accommodate the entire family, at no cost. Reservations are Required for a variety of free Guided Tours, to assure that a seat is available in our Refuge vans. Call to reserve your place to attend the 2nd annual Live Monarch Butterfly Release and tagging at 12:30 pm. This activity is for all ages. Children enjoy this amazing release, which will be 150 butterflies this year! Local area food vendors will sell their food selections throughout the day.

Bat flyer clipart image
Bat Night will be presented Friday, September 6th as our annual Pre-Dragonfly Festival Event. This evening Program begins at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, where stargazing at the Refuge will close-out the night's Event. Seating is limited in the Refuge's Visitor Center, so be sure and come early if you would like a seat.   

For continuing information, be sure and check back to our Refuge website, and the Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge' website. View our 2019 Refuge' Dragonfly Festival Youth Poster Contest winning artwork by 5th Grader © Sophia Gracie Supan!


As each year, we look forward to seeing you and your family at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Dragonfly Festival!