Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.


  • Threatened status Pecos orange sunflower / USFWS

    Temporarily Suspending Operations

    . . . to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors.

    Agency's COVID-19 Announcement

  • Endangered species, Hine's emerald dragonfly / USFWS

    19th Annual Dragonfly Festival Coming

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 12, 2020.

    Upcoming Activities on Refuge's Events Calendar

  • Killdeer plover / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Observation Entries

    Find out what birds are being seen at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Daily Observations

Refuge' Events

Upcoming Dragonfly Festival

September 12, 2020 Eastern amberwing skimmer / Jessica Bolser, USFWS

This year the Refuge's annual 2020 Dragonfly Festival will be Saturday, September 12th. Mark your calendars for this exclusive, Family Fun, Free Event! Join the Refuge for a variety of FREE family activities - dragonfly wildlife tours - and more! A variety of crafts and activities are provided just for kids. For more information, please visit our Refuge Friends Group' website: A pre-Event Presentation will be Friday, September 11th evening. Times and subject Presentation for the pre-Event will be announced soon. Please check back to this Refuge Website for updates on the 2020 Dragonfly Festival.

Upcoming Events - 2020 Dragonfly Festival, Saturday, September 12th
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.

Learn more about the NWRS