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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge- Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is the most biologically significant wetland in the Pecos watershed within New Mexico. The 24,500-acre refuge contains habitat types ranging from a saline playa lake and wetland areas to shortgrass prairie and desert uplands.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge- Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established as a refuge and a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge- The refuge was established as a wintering and staging area for migratory birds. Species common to both the eastern and western United States visit and live on the Refuge. Many neotropical species nest on the refuge.
Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge- Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge is located in the high plains area of northeastern New Mexico. Several playa lakes are located within the Refuge.

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Description - The National Wildlife Refuge System is a unique system of lands dedicated to preserving a rich
quality of life for Americans by protecting their wildlife heritage. In the Southwest, national wildlife
refuges protect some of the most varied wildlife and spectacular landscapes found anywhere in the world. From subtropical shrub ecosystems to saguaro-studded deserts--all are filled with an
unparalleled richness and abundance of life.

Attractions - Refuges in New Mexico attract healthy populations of bald eagles each winter and provide crucial stopovers for countless migratory birds every spring and fall. Ocelots, whooping cranes, golden-cheeked warblers, and Sonoran pronghorn are some of the many endangered species found on southwestern refuges.

Recreation - The wildlife refuges in New Mexico offer opportunities for bird-watching, viewing wildlife, viewing scenery, hiking, and fishing. Be aware that of the refuges do not have any developed recreation facilities.

Climate - This southwestern state is well known for its arid climate. Most areas experience cool winter weather, due to the general high elevation of the region. The southern areas of the state normally don't see much snow in winter and experience very warm summers. The northern regions and higher elevations can see heavy snow accumulate during the winter and many mountain passes are not maintained. The higher elevations offer much cooler summer temperatures and relief from the heat of the lower elevations.

Location - There are Wildlife Refuges located throughout the state.


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New Mexico - This state's public lands consist mainly of BLM lands and National Forests. A few National Park Service sites complete the landscape of desert, forest and canyon.

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New Mexico NWR Home Page - Official agency Website

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