Bitter Lake is not a well-known refuge as it is a fairly remote part of New Mexico. It is, however, a very important and biologically significant wetland area of the Pecos River watershed system. Established in 1937 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds, the Refuge plays a crucial role in the conservation of wetlands in the desert Southwest.
On my first trip in February I arrived at the refuge on Friday afternoon, in time to take advantageof the beautiful late afternoon light. The first thing that I noticed was the new (to me) Joseph R. Skeen Visitor’s Center, which was completed in August 2006. The visitor’s center is located on a bluff that overlooks the refuge, and it has large windows and a deck that are designed to take advantage of the views.
|Joseph R. Skeen Visitor's Center.|
|View from the Visitor's Center.|
|Sunset over Bitter Lake|
|Snow Geese Fly over the Visitor's Center at Sunrise.|
|Snow Geese Fly-out in the Early Morning Light.|
|Sandhill Crane Fly-out.|
|Sandhill Crane Fly-out, a Closer View.|
|Looking across Bitter Lake to the Visitor's Center|
|Snow Geese Fly-in.|
As it grew darker, White-faced Ibis flew in as well.
|Sunset, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.|
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