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  • Turkey with cocoa / © Church House Collection

    Annual Cranes and Cocoa Event

    The Refuge is hosting a Special Family Holiday Event this coming Saturday, November 26 at 3:00 pm. Meet at Refuge Visitor Center. See link.

    Cranes and Cocoa Event Poster

  • Youth hunting pheasant / USFWS

    Apply Today for Youth Hunt

    Bitter Lake Refuge hosts their annual Upland Workshop-Youth Pheasant Hunt. Submit applications by November 11 for a December 3rd hunt day.

    Workshop - Hunt Poster with fillable Application

  • Hunter with their white labrador retriever / USFWS

    Refuge's New Hunting Season

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuges 2016-2017 Hunting Season begins in September. Linked below is the current season's information.

    Refuge' Current Hunting Details

  • 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

  • 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.


Cranes and Cocoa Family Event

Hot cocoa image / CCO public domainNovember 26, 2016

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge presents its annual "Cranes and Cocoa" Holiday Family Event Saturday, November 26 at 3:00 pm in the refuge' Visitor Center located at 4200 East Pine Lodge, Roswell. Beginning at 3:00 pm is a power point program titled, "Sandhill Cranes of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge" presented by Dr. James Montgomery. Following this program, visitors will drive out onto the refuge to watch the cranes fly into their evening roost areas. This experience is one of nature's spectacular moments, as thousands of sandhill cranes fly-in! The Event is FREE with hot cocoa and cookies being served. Seating is limited though, so arrive early. The Nature Store, located in the Visitor Center, will be open late for those who would like to see what the store offers as far as unique gift ideas. Please come and join us at the refuge. For more information, contact the refuge at (575) 625-4011.

Let Us Know What You See

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

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  

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Come Out to the Refuge This Fall!

  • Annual Youth Hunt and Upland Workshop

    Pheasant close-up of head / USFWSDecember 03, 2016

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its annual Youth Pheasant Hunt and Upland Game Workshop on Saturday, December 3, 2016. This one day event is for youth hunters, 17 years old and younger. Applications must be received by Friday, November 11, 2016. See the informational Poster and fillable Application Form linked below. For more information, call the refuge at 575-625-4009. Apply Today!

    2016 - Youth Hunt Poster and fillable Application
  • Fall - Winter Refuge Hunting Regulations

    Retriever 150 x 119

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's fall - winter hunting season has begun! See and print the Refuge's September, 2016 Hunting Regulations below. This guidance applies to our annual Youth Pheasant Hunt also. Have a Safe, Fun, Memorable Hunt Season at Bitter Lake Refuge this year!

    Refuge Hunting Regulations Sheet
  • 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, Turkey with cocoa mug / © Church House Collection, Young girl hunting pheasant / USFWS, Hunter and labrador retriever with harvested duck / USFWS, Killdeer plover / ® Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly / USFWS, Hot cocoa image / pixaboy CCO Public Domain, Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Ring-necked pheasant / USFWS, Refuge Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2016
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