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Arizona National Wildlife Refuges

Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge- This unique blend of upland desert, marsh and desert riparian habitats provides for a diverse array of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge- The refuge is an excellent birding destination. Endangered species include masked bobwhite, pima pineapple cactus, kearney bluestar, jaguar, and peregrine falcon. The refuge also has the westernmost population of Chiracahua leopard frog and one of two U.S. populations of Underwood's mastiff bat.
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge- Cabeza Prieta NWR, in the Sonoran Desert of SW Arizona, is an area of low, rugged mountains and broad valleys dotted with sand dunes and lava flows.
Cibola National Wildlife Refuge- Cibola NWR is located in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes.
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge- Imperial National Wildlife Refuge protects wildlife habitat along 30 miles of the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California, including the last unchannelized section before the river enters Mexico.
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge- The 665,400 acres Kofa NWR was established in the Lower Sonoran Desert ecosystem primarily to preserve desert bighorn sheep and unique Sonoran Desert vegetation.
Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge- The 2770-acre Leslie Canyon area was established in 1988 to protect habitat for the endangered Yaqui chub (Gila purpurea) and Yaqui topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis sonorensis). The refuge also protects a rare velvet ash-cottonwood-black willow gallery forest.
San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge- The San Bernardino NWR lies at 3,720 to 3,920 feet and encompasses a portion of the headwaters of the Yaqui River, a major river system which drains western Chihuahua and eastern Sonora, Mexico.

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Description - Arizona's Wildlife Refuges protect critical wildlife habitat in the state and also provide for some outdoor recreation opportunities.

Attractions - Arizona's National Wildlife Refuges include: Bill Williams, Buenos Aires, Cabeza Prieta, Cibola, Havasu, Imperial, Kofa, the Lower Colorado River Refuge Complex, and San Bernardino/Leslie Canyon.

Recreation - The refuges offer opportunities for bird watching, viewing numerous other types of wildlife, fishing, hiking and environmental interpretation, and simply enjoying nature.

Climate - The climate of Arizona is as diverse as it's landscape. Much of the southern half of the state and lower elevations have a desert climate. Winters in this area bring beautiful weather, with mild warm days (60- 70F) and cool nights (40's). Summers can be extremely hot with daytime temperatures of 100-115 degrees, and evening lows in the 70's to 80's. The higher elevations receive more precipitation, some in the form of snow during the winter months. The mountainous areas experience cooler temperatures with cold winter months. Dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying layers and be prepared for cool temperatures in high elevations.

Location - Arizona's National Wildlife Refuges are found primarily in southern and western Arizona.

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Fish and Wildlife Service, Regional Office, P.O. Box 1306 , Albuquerque, NM, 87103-1306, Phone: 505-248-6911, Fax: 505-248-6915

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Arizona - Arizona is a state with spectacular scenery and incredible diversity. From the Grand Canyon to high mountain peaks to the deserts, Arizona is a paradise for outdoor recreationists.

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