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Wildlife Refuge

The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a wintering and resting area for migrating waterfowl and is the oldest refuge in Texas. The refuge is located 20 miles south of Muleshoe on State Highway 214 and encompasses more than 5,809 acres. Sandhill cranes begin arriving in late September. During the six month period that the cranes are away from the Alaskan and Canadian breeding grounds, the refuge hosts one of the largest concentrations of sandhill cranes in North America.

The number of cranes at the refuge peaks between December and Mid-February. Over 280 species comprise the refuge bird list. The largest variety of birds are seen during the spring and fall migrations. The weeded area adjacent to the campground provides a good birding site. At times Golden Eagles as well as an occasional Bald Eagle take up residence at the refuge. Great Horned Owls and Burrowing Owls can be seen year-round. Prairie dogs and prairie rattle-snakes, common to the area, are abundant in the draws northeast of the refuge headquarters. Other area mammals include: porcupines, badgers, bobcats, and coyotes and are most likely seen in the evening hours. 

A visitor center, featuring displays of birds and mammals common to the Area, picnic area, camping area, and nature trail are provided for visitor enjoyment.

Open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

For more infromation, please call 806-946-3341.

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