Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

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Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 276, Maxwell, NM 87728, Tel: 505-375-2331


The Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge consists of 3,700 acres of short-grass prairie, playa lakes, woodlots, wetlands, and agricultural lands and is home to over 219 species of birds. From Raton, drive south on I-25 and take the Maxwell Exit (426). Drive north .8 miles on State Highway 445. At the intersection of State Highways 445 and 505, drive 2.5 miles west. Turn north on Lake 13 Road at the entrance sign and drive 1.25 miles to the refuge headquarters.


Loons, Grebes, Pelicans, Cormorants, Bitterns, Herons, Ibises, Swans, Geese, Ducks, American Vultures, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Pheasants, Rails, Coots, Cranes, Plovers, Stilts, Avocets, Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Gulls, Terns, Doves, Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Anis, Barn Owls, Typical Owls, Goatsuckers, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Tyrant Flycatchers, Larks, Swallows, Magpies, Crows, Titmice, Nuthatches, Creepers, Wrens, Kinglets, Thrushes, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Pipits, Waxwings, Shrikes, Starling, Wood Warblers, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Sparrows, Blackbirds, Finches, Old World Sparrows.


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