Going the Distance
A blue-winged teal hen
banded on the refuge was documented 29 days later and more than 1000 miles away
For Wildlife & You
Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations
will always have wild places to explore!
Important to Prairies
prairie dogs leave vacant burrows that are used by Texas horned lizards,
burrowing owls, and even rattlesnakes.
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
Still found on West
Texas prairies, these beautiful birds gather each spring to perform an elaborate
courtship ritual and find a mate.
December 29, 2015
The East Unit is currently closed to the public due to heavy snow drifts. The West Unit remains open. Please contact the refuge for updated information. Contact Us
National Natural Landmark in 1980, Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge received
this prestigious designation because it is one of the last shortgrass prairies
in the southern High Plains of Texas. National Natural Landmarks represent some
of the best remaining examples of a type of feature in the country and sometimes
in the world.Learn
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
The best time to see large concentrations of sandhill cranes at the refuge is mid-December through mid-January. If you are interested in visiting the refuge to see the cranes, please contact the refuge first to ensure that there are birds present. Contact Us
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.
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. Contact Us
Callipepla squamata -- or ‘blue
quail’ if you are from West Texas -- are very social birds and roost at night
in groups. They form a small circle on the ground with each bird facing out.
As the temperature gets colder, the circle gets smaller and tighter.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Young mule deer bucks / Jude Smith, USFWS, Blue-winged teal pair, Classroom tour / Glenda Copley, USFWS, Black-tailed prairie dog pups, Lesser Prairie chicken, Prairie grass / Jude Smith, USFWS, Visitors on the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS, Mallard drake in flight / USFWS, Scaled "blue" quail / Jude Smith, USFWS
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2015