Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) photo by Linda Rockwell

The abundant water supply at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge draws a documented 357 species of birds to the refuge.  This in addition to the 59 species of mammals, more than 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, 24 types of fish, and more than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies are found in this oasis.

The refuge’s wetlands provide habitat for thousands of migrating Lesser Sandhill Cranes, Ross’s and Snow Geese and about 20 duck species, including Northern Pintails, Mallards, Canvasbacks, Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers and four species of Teal; the Cinnamon, American, Green and Blue-winged1.

Spring and late summer are marked by marsh-bird and shorebird migrations including the Black-necked Stilt which Linda Rockwell photographed beautifully in her “Return to Bitter Lake NWR.”

You can see the refuge’s Watchable Wildlife List here.

References: 1US Fish & Wildlife Service

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