Wildlife and Habitat

2013 Photo Contest Winner Kari Tyrone

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a biodiversity hot spot and a haven for rare plants and animals, as well as the setting of an incredible story of survival for an ancient species of fish.  It is the last remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert, and location of the famous Devils Hole.  Stroll along beautiful boardwalks and walk in the footsteps of ancient peoples and pioneers.

  • Endemics

    Ash Meadows gumplant

    Ash Meadows NWR is home to some 26 endemic species; both plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.

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  • Feathered Friends

    Long-billed Dowitchers

    Birdwatchers are never disappointed when they spend time at Ash Meadows. The refuge hosts a large variety of birds throughout the year.

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  • eBird Trail Tracker

    eBird Tracker

    See what birds have been sighted in the last 30 days and where they were seen. Add your own observations using eBird.

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  • Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility

    AMFCF Promo

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility (AMFCF), which supports the recovery of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish. The facility includes a 100,000-gallon tank that mimics the natural environment of Devils Hole. The AMFCF is located in close proximity to Devils Hole within the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Devils Hole itself is managed by the National Park Service and is separate from the refuge.


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