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 . . .
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The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.
eBird Trail Tracker
Find out what birds are being seen at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, including the most recent sightings.
eBird Trail Tracker
Let Us Know What You See
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: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/ eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
About the NWRS
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.
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Come Out to the Refuge!
- September 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: www.friendsofbitterlake.org website. Check back to our Refuge website also, as details will continue to be posted.
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!
More than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonates) have been documented on Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to what is considered one of the most diverse populations of odonates in North America.
Page Photo Credits Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Blue dashers / Gordon Warrick, USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly / USFWS, Killdeer plover / ® Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Great egret / © 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: Mar 31, 2017