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  • CCC Exhibit panel

    Open House Event - June 17th!

    Join us in the Refuge Visitor Center at 4200 E. Pine Lodge to enjoy our new exhibits. Reservations Required for free Event. 575-625-4011.

    Event Poster

  • Poster winner Joshua Dodson 218 x 116

    Festival's Winning Youth Poster

    Congratulations to Joshua Dodson for his winning artwork for this year's Dragonfly Festival Youth Poster Contest. Joshua is a 3rd Grader.

    Art Contest Finals

  • Blue dashers / © Gordon Warrick, Columbia NWR-USFWS

    Join Us-Saturday, September 9!

    The Refuge's premier event, our annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 9. The Family Fun event is FREE. Details coming . . .

    More here on "Friends of Bitter Lake" website

  • 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

Upcoming Event

In Celebration of New Exhibits

Refuge Poster for Open House Event

Come out to the Refuge on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for an Open House celebrating our new exhibits! Join us in the Refuge Visitor Center for a presentation by guest speaker, Richard Melzer - author and expert on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) experience in New Mexico. Reservations are required for seating, but the presentation is free of charge. Please call 575-625-4011 to reserve your space today. All the details are below in our linked poster. We hope to see you at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge enjoying our new exhibits.

Open House Poster

Today's Glimpse Into Our Past

View Refuge Exhibits

To get a glimpse of our new exhibits, see the link below.

Refuge's New Exhibits

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Come Out to the Refuge!

  • Annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 9th!

    Young Black-tailed Skimmer / M. Weisenberger, USFWSSeptember 09, 2017

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 9th. The Refuge will provide various Guided Tours, Events-including films and guest speakers, and hands-on Activities; all FREE of charge! The entire family is invited, with various crafts and activities for kids - of all ages! Reservations are Required for the various Guided Tours to reserve your seat on our Refuge vans. The Reservation lines will be open beginning July 31st at (575) 625-4011. For more information please visit: website. Check back to our Refuge website also, as details will continue to be posted.

    2017 Dragonfly Festival's Youth Poster Artwork
  • 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, 2017 Winning Dragonfly Art Design / © Joshua Dodson, 3rd Grade Student, Blue dashers / Gordon Warrick, USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly / USFWS, Killdeer plover / ® Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Young black-tailed skimmer / M. Weisenberger, USFWS, Refuge Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 23, 2017


  • Guest Speaker

    Exhibit view to plateauJune 17, 2017

    The Refuge is showcasing its new exhibits with Guest Speaker: Richard Melzer. Reservations required to assure a place. 575-625-4011.

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  • This Year's Festival!

    Dragonfly species on emblem September 09, 2017

    Come out to the refuge on Saturday, September 9th for our annual Dragonfly Festival. Watch our Events Calendar below for more details.

    Upcoming Events
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