Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

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Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
LocationColfax County, New Mexico, USA
Nearest cityRaton, NM
Coordinates36°34′17″N 104°34′46″W / 36.57139°N 104.57944°W / 36.57139; -104.57944Coordinates: 36°34′17″N 104°34′46″W / 36.57139°N 104.57944°W / 36.57139; -104.57944
Area3,699 acres (1,497 ha)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
WebsiteMaxwell National Wildlife Refuge

The Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, located in the high central plains of northeastern New Mexico, was established in 1965 as a feeding and resting area for migratory birds. Over 350 acres (1.4 km2) of the refuge are planted with wheat, corn, barley, and alfalfa to provide food for resident and migratory wildlife. Visitors may see bald and golden eagles, falcons, hawks, sandhill cranes, ducks, white pelicans, burrowing owls, great horned owls, black-tailed prairie dogs, raccoons, coyotes, skunks, cougars, muskrats, badgers, bobcats, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and the occasional elk.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.