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  • Blue-winged teal pair

    Going the Distance

    A blue-winged teal hen banded on the refuge was documented 29 days later and more than 1000 miles away in Mexico!

  • Classroom tour of the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS

    For Wildlife & You

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!

    Resource Management

  • Black-tailed prairie dog pups

    Important to Prairies

    Black-tailed prairie dogs leave vacant burrows that are used by Texas horned lizards, burrowing owls, and even rattlesnakes.

  • Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge Photo Gallery / USFWS

    Get a Closer Look

    Get up close and personal with some of the refuge's wild residents and the habitat they depend upon.

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  • Lesser Prairie chicken

    Lesser Prairie Chicken

    Still found on West Texas prairies, these beautiful birds gather each spring to perform an elaborate courtship ritual and find a mate.


Current Conditions

December 29, 2015

The East Unit is currently closed to the public due to heavy snow drifts. The West Unit remains open. Please contact the refuge for updated information.

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National Natural Landmark

Prairie grass / Jude Smith, USFWS

Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1980, Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge received this prestigious designation because it is one of the last shortgrass prairies in the southern High Plains of Texas. National Natural Landmarks represent some of the best remaining examples of a type of feature in the country and sometimes in the world.

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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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  • Sandhill Cranes


    The best time to see large concentrations of sandhill cranes at the refuge is mid-December through mid-January. If you are interested in visiting the refuge to see the cranes, please contact the refuge first to ensure that there are birds present.

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  • Did You Know?

    Mallard drake in flight / USFWS

    Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge has one of the longest standing banding permits in the nation with thousands of ducks banded on the refuge in the last 50 years.

  • Demonstration Area

    Group on the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS

    The refuge has joined many partners, including Pheasant’s Forever and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, on a grazing and fire demonstration area. This area will be used to highlight beneficial range management practices through on the ground methods for a variety of audiences including private landowners, wildlife managers, and universities. Contact the refuge to learn more about this important partnership effort.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Young mule deer bucks / Jude Smith, USFWS, Blue-winged teal pair, Classroom tour / Glenda Copley, USFWS, Black-tailed prairie dog pups, Lesser Prairie chicken, Prairie grass / Jude Smith, USFWS, Visitors on the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS, Mallard drake in flight / USFWS, Scaled "blue" quail / Jude Smith, USFWS
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2015
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