• Dragonfly on refuge staff's uniform / USFWS

    2019 Dragonfly Festival is September 7

    This year's annual Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 7th. Please check back for updates!

  • Killdeer plover / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

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

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This Year's Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 7th!

September 7, 2019 Dragonfly / © B. Jenkins, USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's annual 2019 Dragonfly Festival is Saturday, September 7th. Join us for FREE family activities - dragonfly tours - and more! A variety of crafts and activities are provided just for kids. The Event's various Tours' Schedule will be posted soon. For more information, please visit our Refuge Friends Group' website: www.friendsofbitterlake.org. A pre-Event Presentation will be Friday, September 6 evening. Details for this Presentation will be announced soon. Please continue to check back to our Refuge website routinely for all the latest information on this year's Festival.

Waterbird Monitoring Protocol

Pair of Blue-winged Teal at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge recently completed its waterbird monitoring protocol

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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!
Featured Stories

Wilderness on Bitter Lake NWR


Did you know Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge includes the 9,621 acre Salt Creek Wilderness?

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Featured Stories

Volunteering for 33 Years!

BL volunteer J Montgomery 150 x 119

Dr. James "Jim" Montgomery Jr. is our longtime, invaluable refuge volunteer. Since 1985, Jim has logged over 25,000 hours as a volunteer surveying wildlife at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, here in New Mexico. Volunteers are vital to managing our public lands. Jim is a terrific example of Interior’s volunteers. See the link below for the full story on our amazing volunteer! THANK YOU JIM FOR ALL YOUR DEDICATION TO THE REFUGE!

U.S. Department of the Interior Blog - 25,000 hours and still counting

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.

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