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  • This year's 1st place youth drawing / © Paikea Marquez, home schooled third grade student in Roswell

    Annual Festival - September 10!

    Our Refuge's Annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 10! See Event details on the Friends of Bitter Lake new website, linked below.

    "Friends" Beautiful, New Website!

  • Flame skimmer dragonfly species / M. Weisenberger, USFWS

    2016 Festival Presentations

    Our linked Flyer shows this year's Dragonfly Festival Presentations and Friday night Events! Reservations for Festival Tours began August 1.

    Dragonfly Festival Auditorium Presentations Flyer

  • Dragonfly species close-up / © Bernadette Madison

    Festival Activities, All Free -

    See all the guided Tours and Activities, in the poster below, for September 10th Dragonfly Festival! RESERVATIONS BEGIN AUGUST 1ST!

    2016 Dragonfly Festival Poster of Events

  • Blue dasher dragonfly/John Magera

    Amazing dragonflies

    The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.

  • 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

This Year's Festival Schedule of Tours, Activities, and Events is Now Posted for ...

Our Annual Dragonfly Festival

Trio of dragonflies / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge will hold its famous Dragonfly Festival Saturday, September 10, 2016. A variety of Tours, Events, and Activities will be presented on Saturday and few additional Tour options will be scheduled Sunday, September 11. The Poster linked below shows all the Tours and Activities for this year's Festival. All the Events are FREE and Fun for the entire Family! Reservations are Required for the various Tours and Reservations begin August 1st. Telephone (575) 625-4011 for more information and to reserve your space on the various Tours. Also visit: at their beautiful new website where they are highlighting the Dragonfly Festival! Be sure and attend this year's premier Event!

2016 Dragonfly Festival Tours and Events

This Year's Dragonfly Artwork!

Honoring This Year's 1st Place Youth Winner!

The 2016 Dragonfly Festival Children's Dragonfly Artwork Contest Winner is: Paikea Marquez. She is a home schooled third grade student in Roswell, New Mexico. Over 800 local area students entered the annual Contest this year! CONGRATULATIONS Paikea for your wonderful free-hand drawing of a dragonfly to represent the Refuge's Festival!

Winning Artwork Image - © Paikea Marquez, 3rd Grader

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Join Us Friday Evening, September 9th

  • Evening Before the Dragonfly Festival

    Stars in the evening skySeptember 09, 2016

    Friday Night, September 9th, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge will host 2 special presentations. At 6:30 pm, "Reptiles of the Southwest" with Scott Bulgrin showing live Reptiles! The presentation will be held in the refuge's Visitor Center auditorium, located at 4200 East Pine Lodge Road. Then, starting at 7:30pm, enjoy “Star Gazing Refuge Skies.” For information, call (575) 625-4011.

    2016 Dragonfly Festival Presentations-Friday/Saturday
  • On-line eBird Trail Tracker

    Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to:

    eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
  • 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!
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Dragonfly drawing for 2016 Festival / © Paikea Marquez, 3rd. Grader, Flame skimmer / M. Weisenberger, USFWS, Dragonfly species close-up / © Bernadette Madison, Male blue dasher dragonfly / USFWS, Killdeer plover / ® Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Trio of dragonflies / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Refuge Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2016
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