• Blue-winged teal pair

    Going the Distance

    A blue-winged teal hen banded on the refuge was documented 29 days later and more than 1000 miles away in Mexico!

  • Classroom tour of the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS

    For Wildlife & You

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!

    Resource Management

  • Black-tailed prairie dog pups

    Important to Prairies

    Black-tailed prairie dogs leave vacant burrows that are used by Texas horned lizards, burrowing owls, and even rattlesnakes.

  • Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge Photo Gallery / USFWS

    Get a Closer Look

    Get up close and personal with some of the refuge's wild residents and the habitat they depend upon.

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  • Lesser Prairie chicken

    Lesser Prairie Chicken

    Still found on West Texas prairies, these beautiful birds gather each spring to perform an elaborate courtship ritual and find a mate.


Current Conditions

March 13, 2019

Lesser Sandhill Cranes are on the refuge at this time. We did a crane survey on 3/13/2019. White lake had 0, Paul's had 550 and Goose had 500. The best times to see them are at sunset and sunrise.

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Sandhill Crane Monitoring Protocol

Muleshoe and Grulla National Wildlife Refuges recently formalized a monitoring protocol for sandhill cranes. The protocol’s purpose is to standardize collection of information needed to inform sandhill crane conservation at the refuge and regional level.

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Did You Know?

Mallard drake in flight / USFWS

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge has one of the longest standing banding permits in the nation with thousands of ducks banded on the refuge in the last 50 years.

Demonstration Area

Group on the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS

The refuge has joined many partners, including Pheasant’s Forever and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, on a grazing and fire demonstration area. This area will be used to highlight beneficial range management practices through on the ground methods for a variety of audiences including private landowners, wildlife managers, and universities. Contact the refuge to learn more about this important partnership effort.

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Plague Confirmed


Plague has been confirmed on the Refuge, currently confined to two populations of prairie dogs. For public safety, Paul’s Lake and the access road to the lake are temporarily closed to all public access. The Refuge is safe to visit and continues to welcome visitors. There are additional ways the public can protect themselves and their pets. Keep pets leashed and use flea powder or a flea collar. People should avoid animals with fleas and not camp or rest near animal burrows. Do not touch wild, sick, or dead animals. Wear insect repellent when outdoors.

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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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