The dragonfly is one of the oldest insects on the planet, and it’s also one of the largest. New Mexico is home to more than 100 species of dragonflies, and you can see almost all of those species at the 2017 Dragonfly Festival on Sept. 9 and 10. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this festival is only about dragonflies, though. The organizers have a lot more in store for people who attend the festival at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. If you love the great outdoors and all of its inhabitants, this festival isn’t one to miss.
About the Dragonfly Festival
The festival is free to attend, but you need to make reservations to attend a tour. You’ll want to do this since the tours are really the main attraction. There are three types of tours, with the Dragonfly Tour being the most popular. Where else can you see more than 90 species of dragonflies in one spot?
You can also attend a birding tour or a refuge wildlife tour. Each tour is designed to educate people in a fun way. You will learn a lot, but you won’t feel like you’re in school. Learning is so much fun at the festival.
Along with the tours, there will be presentations, a photography workshop, arts and crafts, and more. There will even be a kids’ fishing pool.
Tips for Attending the Festival
You want to come to the festival prepared. That means you need to bring a camera and some binoculars. You should also bring some bug spray, as it can get a little buggy out there during the festival. You’re taking over their habitat, after all.
About the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
If you’ve never been to the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, the festival will give you the perfect chance to visit. The refuge is home to bob cats, deer, badgers, and migratory birds. Here, you can glimpse them roaming about their natural habitat.
The deck at the Visitor Center is one of the coolest spots at the refuge. This is where you can go to look out over the entire refuge.
There is also a nice nature trail right by the visitor’s center. Take a walk down the trail if you want to see butterflies and plants.
You’ll also want to visit the refuge during migration season. You will see everything from cranes to geese on the water during this season. It’s an impressive sight.
The Dragonfly Festival will ignite your passion for wildlife. You will want to take off and see wildlife all around the world, but first, you will need a vehicle that’s up to the challenge. That’s where Roswell Hyundai in Roswell, New Mexico, comes in. Let the dealership help you find the right ride for your next adventure.